Bionano Genomics Announces Publication by International COVID-19 Host Genome Structural Variation Consortium Describing How OGM Identified Structural Variations as Predisposing Factors Associated with Severe COVID-19

Jan 20, 2022

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 20, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bionano Genomics, Inc. (BNGO), pioneer of optical genome mapping (OGM) solutions on the Saphyr® system and provider of NxClinical™, the leading software solutions for visualization, interpretation and reporting of genomic data, today announced the publication of a study that described the use of OGM to identify rare human genomic structural variants (SVs) as predisposition factors associated with severe COVID-19, highlighting the potential role of SVs in the pathogenesis of COVID-19 severity.

“Research continues to unravel the genetic factors that predispose people to severe COVID-19, and it is no surprise that structural variants can play a role,” commented Dr. Ravindra Kolhe, Associate Dean for Translational Research at Medical College of Georgia and Director of the Georgia Esoteric and Molecular Laboratory at Augusta University. “We are excited to have optical genome mapping as another important tool in the toolbox of genomic discovery in this pandemic.”

The International COVID-19 Host Genome Structural Variation Consortium is a global open host genome structural variation consortium for the COVID-19 response. It is comprised of over 30 researchers from leading institutions who are using long-read molecule technologies, including OGM, to assess SVs in the human genome that could be contributing to COVID-19 susceptibility or progression.

In this peer-reviewed study, published in the journal iScience, researchers performed OGM on samples from 52 severely ill COVID-19 patients to investigate SVs as decisive predisposition factors associated with COVID-19. They identified 7 SVs in 9 patients (17% of patients tested) involving genes implicated in two key host-viral interaction pathways: innate immunity and inflammatory response, and viral replication and spread. The study authors reported that SVs in two genes, STK26 and DPP4, are the most intriguing candidates in these biological pathways.

As the authors indicate, this is the first study to systematically assess the potential role of SVs in the pathogenesis of COVID-19 severity. These findings indicate that SVs can be a factor in COVID-19 severity and expand the research community’s understanding of COVID-19 susceptibility and progression.

“We are excited by the work of the International COVID-19 Host Genome Structural Variation Consortium and their use of OGM as a research tool for exploring genetic factors in COVID-19 pathogenesis,” commented Erik Holmlin, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bionano. “We expect that ongoing research on SVs will elevate our understanding of human health in this pandemic and see the potential for genetic variants to become additional factors in risk stratification for severe disease.”

The pre-print version of the paper was published January 10, 2022 and is available online at:

About Bionano Genomics

Bionano Genomics is a provider of genome analysis solutions that can enable researchers and clinicians to reveal answers to challenging questions in biology and medicine. The Company’s mission is to transform the way the world sees the genome through OGM solutions, diagnostic services and software. The Company offers OGM solutions for applications across basic, translational and clinical research. Through its Lineagen business, the Company also provides diagnostic testing for patients with clinical presentations consistent with autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities. Through its BioDiscovery business, the Company also offers an industry-leading, platform-agnostic software solution, which integrates next-generation sequencing and microarray data designed to provide analysis, visualization, interpretation and reporting of copy number variants, single-nucleotide variants and absence of heterozygosity across the genome in one consolidated view. For more information, visit, or

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