Credible solutions for critical public health emergencies
The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has put the health and safety of the global community at risk. With the virus continuing to spread and the number of confirmed cases and deaths rising, the World Health Organization has declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern. As in previous public health emergencies such as Zika, SARS, MERS, and the H1N1 2009 pandemic, ATCC stands ready to partner with the dedicated scientists working toward preventing and containing this devastating outbreak.
Synthetic Molecular Standards for SARS-CoV-2
The pathogenic nature and transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 has necessitated that the utmost care should be taken when handling the virus. To help ensure the safety of laboratory researchers, ATCC has developed four quantitative synthetic molecular standards for use as controls in the development of assays designed to detect and quantify SARS-CoV-2. Because these standards are synthetically derived, they eliminate the need to culture viruses in the laboratory and they are safe to use under biosafety level 1 conditions. Further, SARS-CoV-2 construct 1 is compatible with the nucleocapsid-targeted real-time RT-PCR primer and probe sets developed by the CDC.