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DUHS identifies natural mutation resistant to corona in human genes
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DUHS identifies natural mutation resistant to corona in human genes

KARACHI: Experts at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) recently recognized two naturally occurring mutations in the human gene that can withstand the novel coronavirus. The coronavirus, due to these mutations in the human gene, can be ineffective in the body. This research study was recently published in the Journal of Medical Virology. Experts…

AKU introduces coronavirus self-screening app
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AKU introduces coronavirus self-screening app

KARACHI: The Aga Khan University has launched CoronaCheck, a new mobile app that enables Pakistanis to easily and safely evaluate symptoms with an in-home screening tool and understand the next steps to look after themselves. The app uses an interactive chatbot, driven by artificial intelligence, which allows users to understand their symptoms, recognize whether they…

SARS-COV-2 changing its genetics per local conditions
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SARS-COV-2 changing its genetics per local conditions

KARACHI: A team of experts led by the Vice-Chancellor of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Prof Mohammad Saeed Quraishy, analyzed the virus sequence from a locally infected patient’s body (host). Experts say that determining the sequence is a remarkable step, which in turn will help in the development of a vaccine as well…

PCMD completes genome sequencing of coronavirus from a local patient
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PCMD completes genome sequencing of coronavirus from a local patient

KARACHI: The Jamil-ur-Rahman Center for Genome Research, Dr Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, University of Karachi, recently carried out the whole genome sequencing of the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). “This is the first indigenously sequenced whole genome of the coronavirus in Pakistan. Analysis of the sequence revealed nine mutations in the different regions of…

AKU’s critical role in dealing with global coronavirus pandemic
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AKU’s critical role in dealing with global coronavirus pandemic

KARACHI: As the number of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Pakistan increase, the AKU’s response to this global pandemic is critical. The WHO’s aim with the COVID-19 response is to identify, isolate, and care for patients quickly. This has guided The Aga Khan University Hospital’s (AKUH’s) response as well. These views expressed by Chief…

‘27,000 cases of registration of doctors in pending’
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‘27,000 cases of registration of doctors in pending’

KARACHI: The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) is deeply concerned over the non-functioning of the PMDC, i.e., the country’s regulatory body for the registration of doctors and medical education. Secretary-General, Pakistan Medical Association (Centre), Dr S M Qaisar Sajjad, in his statement, noted that the present regime dissolved the Pakistan Medical & Dental Council (PMDC) and…

New Chest Pain Unit setup at NICVD
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New Chest Pain Unit setup at NICVD

KARACHI: The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) recently established the 16th Chest Pain Unit (CPU) at Cantonment General Hospital Karachi. NICVD executive director Prof Dr Nadeem Qamar inaugurated the facility. Prof Qamar termed the establishment of the 16th CPU as another ‘gift’ for the people of Karachi. He said the CPU would be linked…

Protesting medical students dragged into Police custody
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Protesting medical students dragged into Police custody

QUETTA: Over two dozen students and employees of the Balochistan University of Medical and Health Science (BUMHS) were recently held in police custody, during a protest outside the Balochistan Assembly. Students and employees of the BUMHS have been protesting since the status of the Bolan Medical College was changed from a college to a university…

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