£20 million project to map Coronavirus spread using whole genome sequencing
Researchers at the University of East Anglia and the Quadram Institute are part of a national project to map how COVID-19 spreads and behaves - using whole genome sequencing. The £20 million initiative will see the UK’s leading clinicians and scientists search for breakthroughs that help the UK respond to this and future pandemics, and save lives.
The COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium – comprised of the NHS, Public Health Agencies, Wellcome Sanger Institute, and numerous academic institutions including UEA – will deliver large scale, rapid sequencing of the cause of the disease and share intelligence with hospitals, regional NHS centres and the Government.
It will enable clinicians and public health teams to rapidly investigate clusters of cases in hospitals, care homes, and the community, to understand how the virus is spread and implement appropriate infection control measures. Samples from patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19 will be sent to a network of sequencing centres across the country.
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