Virus Res 2021 Jul 30:198526. Epub 2021 Jul 30.
Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Department, Research Institute for Medicines (iMed.ULisboa), Faculty of Pharmacy, Universidade de Lisboa, Av. Prof. Gama Pinto, 1649-003, Lisbon, Portugal.
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) poses innumerous challenges, like understanding what triggered the emergence of this new human virus, how this RNA virus is evolving or how the variability of viral genome may impact the primary structure of proteins that are targets for vaccine. We analyzed 19471 SARS-CoV-2 genomes available at the GISAID database from all over the world and 3335 genomes of other Coronoviridae family members available at GenBank, collecting SARS-CoV-2 high-quality genomes and distinct Coronoviridae family genomes. Additionally, we analyzed 199,984 spike glycoprotein sequences. Read More