How the virus changes
Mutations in the genetic material (RNA) of the new corona virus are being investigated with the project “Mutation Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 in Austria”. This is done under the direction of the Research Center for Molecular Medicine (CeMM) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in cooperation with the MedUni Vienna, the MedUni Innsbruck and the Agency for Health and Food Security (AGES).

How that is investigated
The sequence of around 30,000 individual building blocks (bases) of SARS-CoV-2 viruses is decrypted (sequenced). This is intended to provide a precise picture of the virus variants occurring in Austria and their spread. To date, more than 900 virus genomes from Austria have been analyzed, and there are 40,000 worldwide. The researchers have made the website available to interested laypersons.