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GISAID

GISAID is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the collection of influenza related data and genome sequencing.

The GISAID Initiative enables the rapid sharing of influenza virus data through a unique sharing mechanism, that was recognized for its importance to global health by all G20 health ministers in 2017. The Initiative involves public-private partnerships between the nonprofit organization Freunde von GISAID e.V. and governments of the Federal Republic of Germany, the official host of the GISAID EpiFluTM database - which provides public access to the most complete collection of genetic sequence data of influenza viruses and related clinical and epidemiological data - Singapore and the United States of America.

Initially spurred by the threat posed by human infections with highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, GISAID introduced its novel sharing mechanism in 2008 that permits free and open access to influenza data, to anyone who positively identifies himself or herself, and agrees to respect the inherent rights of contributors. GISAID's database access agreement ensures that contributors of virus sequence data do not forfeit intellectual property rights to the data.

Covid-19

GISAID has developed an application to follow the data and genome sequencing of Covid-19. They are working to bring the data together and make it available for others studying and tracking the Covid-19 sequencing and related clinical and epidemiological data. They also track the spread and the phylogeny with visual aids. The data and the mapping are available for download along with the data through GISAID's website.

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Benjamin Turner

Database Technical Group Member

Catherine B. Smith, VSDB OBC

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. Andrey B. Komissarov

Database Technical Group Member

Dr. David E. Wentworth

Scientific Advisory Council Member

Dr. Isabella Monne

Database Technical Group Member

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Further reading

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GISAID: Global initiative on sharing all influenza data - from vision to reality

Yuelong Shu, John McCauley

Web

March 30, 2017

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August 9, 2021
News-Medical.net
By retrieving 329,942 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) records from the GISAID database, researchers from a software company in Cambridge described genetic variability of SARS-CoV-2 in order to inform further studies. Their findings are currently available on the bioRxiv* preprint server while it undergoes peer review.
August 9, 2021
News-Medical.net
By retrieving 329,942 severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) records from the GISAID database, researchers from a software company in Cambridge described genetic variability of SARS-CoV-2 in order to inform further studies. Their findings are currently available on the bioRxiv* preprint server while it undergoes peer review.
Cat Ferguson
July 26, 2021
MIT Technology Review
Scientist racing to track the evolution of covid tap into a little-known system developed by a few young researchers in Scotland.
Special Correspondent
June 15, 2021
The Hindu
AY.1 found in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka
June 9, 2021
news.google.com
Given India's population and COVID-19 case burden, the number of sequences available remains disproportionately low, and insights available from existing efforts need to be sharpened.
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