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Genetic Diversity and Evolution of SARS-CoV-2

Published time: 03 April 2020

Authors: Tung Phan

Keywords: Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, Mutations, Genomic diversity


COVID-19 is a viral respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. The World Health Organization declared the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak a global public health emergency. We performed genetic analyses of eighty-six complete or near-complete genomes of SARS-CoV-2 and revealed many mutations and deletions on coding and non-coding regions. These observations provided evidence of the genetic diversity and rapid evolution of this novel coronavirus.

Genetic diversity and evolution of SARS-CoV-2



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