Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data

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News:India has shared nine whole genome sequences of the coronavirus with the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data(GISAID).

Facts:

  • The Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data(GISAID) Initiative was launched on the occasion of the 61st World Health Assembly in 2008.
  • In 2010, Germany became the official host of the GISAID Initiative through a public private partnership.
  • Aim:To promote international sharing of all influenza virus sequences related clinical and epidemiological data to understand how the viruses evolve, spread and potentially become pandemics.
  • Headquarters: Munich, Germany.

Additional Facts:

  • Genome sequencing: It is a technique that allows us to read and interpret genetic information found within DNA or RNA.