The 2019 novel coronavirus resource

Yi Chuan. 2020 Feb 20;42(2):212-221. doi: 10.16288/j.yczz.20-030.


An ongoing outbreak of a novel coronavirus infection in Wuhan, China since December 2019 has led to 31,516 infected persons and 638 deaths across 25 countries (till 16:00 on February 7, 2020). The virus causing this pneumonia was then named as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) by the World Health Organization. To promote the data sharing and make all relevant information of 2019-nCoV publicly available, we construct the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Resource (2019nCoVR, 2019nCoVR features comprehensive integration of genomic and proteomic sequences as well as their metadata information from the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data, National Center for Biotechnology Information, China National GeneBank, National Microbiology Data Center and China National Center for Bioinformation (CNCB)/National Genomics Data Center (NGDC). It also incorporates a wide range of relevant information including scientific literatures, news, and popular articles for science dissemination, and provides visualization functionalities for genome variation analysis results based on all collected 2019-nCoV strains. Moreover, by linking seamlessly with related databases in CNCB/NGDC, 2019nCoVR offers virus data submission and sharing services for raw sequence reads and assembled sequences. In this report, we provide comprehensive descriptions on data deposition, management, release and utility in 2019nCoVR, laying important foundations in aid of studies on virus classification and origin, genome variation and evolution, fast detection, drug development and pneumonia precision prevention and therapy.


Keywords: 2019 novel coronavirus; 2019nCoVR; China National Center for Bioinformation (CNCB); National Genomics Data Center (NGDC); genomic data sharing.

MeSH terms

  • Betacoronavirus*
  • COVID-19
  • China
  • Coronavirus
  • Coronavirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Coronavirus Infections / virology
  • Databases, Genetic*
  • Genomics
  • Humans
  • Information Dissemination*
  • Pandemics
  • Pneumonia, Viral / epidemiology*
  • Pneumonia, Viral / virology*
  • Proteomics
  • SARS-CoV-2