The Genotyping and sequencing section is a subsection under the Molecular biology section that deals with identifying and characterizing the different strains of viruses as well as bacteria. Also is functional at determining new strains of pathogens compared to the existing ones and Tracing of original archeology of the pathogens.
The section has been involved with different well known surveillances including Tanzania HIV Impact Survey (THIS) 2017, African Swine Fever Virus Surveillance, 2015 and Dengue Surveillance, 2014
The section has partnerships with Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and is directly supported under the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC).
The section has been around for 5 years and has trained and competent personnel working under it.
Ordering Genotyping & Sequencing Tests:
For customers aiming to use Genotyping & Sequencing section for research purposes, they will be required to approach NHLQATC management for discussion on protocols to handle research samples and entering into Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Ordering Genotyping & Sequencing tests for routine samples, completion of Sample request form (F063) available at this website is required (link for sample request form). The requirement and nature of the specimen needed for the tests to be requested is clearly stated in the Sample Collection Manual available at this website (link for sample collection Manual)
Processing of the request:
Processing of all submitted requests for Genotyping & Sequencing tests will be done as per the NHLQATC Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
Genotyping has been performed on a number of pathogens including Rotavirus, Dengue virus, African Swine Fever Virus, Influenza virus and Malaria.
However there is a plan to expand the coverage of genotyping and sequencing on Measles and Rubella viruses as well as perform characterization on Vibrio cholerae.