Real-Time Viral Mapping

Two researchers in Switzerland and the US have won the Open Science Prize for a genetic tool that maps how viruses spread in real time.
 
Richard Neher, of the University of Basel, and Trevor Bedford, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will each get $115,000 to make the tool widely accessible to scientists.
 
The pair developed NextStrain as a tool that would sample DNA from circulating viruses and track their spread. They initially developed NextStrain to track flu viruses but said it can be adapted to Ebola, Zika and other viruses and inform responses to future outbreaks.

Source: Quartz

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