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UK researchers to sequence COVID-19 samples to understand spread

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A new research consortium in the UK has been granted £20 million ($23.2 million) in funding from the Wellcome Trust and UK government to sequence COVID-19 samples.

They aim to provide policymakers with a clearer picture of the spread of the epidemic across the country as diagnostic testing remains limited.

It is expected that this project will provide useful insights into the spread, distribution, and scale of the epidemic in the UK. Viral genome sequences could also inform the development of treatments and vaccines.Data may also provide feedback on the effects of policy interventions such as self-isolation. | https://bit.ly/2UhIo60

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By Mel Raassina

26 March 2020

 
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