The Story Behind the Race To Sequence the COVID-19 Virus

By University of Cambridge October 13, 2021

The variant hunters are helping us understand how and why the COVID-19 virus is spreading, helping us fight back against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hear about some of the scientists behind the UK’s nationwide sequencing effort to track SARS-CoV-2. Sir Patrick Vallance (the government’s chief scientific adviser) also describes how the expertise gathered during the pandemic is now recognized around the world – and why it’s critical to continue to follow the sequence to be ready for future pandemics .

This groundbreaking work is being carried out by the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, which consists of numerous academic institutions, four public health agencies and the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and is managed by the University of Cambridge.

“Incredibly impressive, incredibly high quality and incredibly focused on the mission of making sure as many people as possible benefit from science,” Sir Patrick Vallance.

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