Sequencing Boston's 'Viral Forest Fire’

A Boston conference in February has been linked to 20,000 COVID-19 cases, according to a new genome sequencing study that’s not yet peer reviewed.

The international Biogen conference lit a “viral forest fire,” The Boston Globe reports.

For 2 days, attendees “shook hands, kissed cheeks, passed each other the salad tongs at the hotel buffet,” unaware of the spreading virus that ultimately leapt to Boston's homeless shelters, its suburbs and Senegal, The Washington Post reports.
The offending strain was one of 80+ that swept through Massachusetts from January to May.
The sheer scale of this study shows just how useful tracking genomic signatures can be—yet of the 5.7 million confirmed US coronavirus cases, only about 19,000 have been sequenced.

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