‘Fast and Furious’ Genomic Surveillance

“It’s been a revolution,” says Judith Breuer, a virologist at University College London.
In just over a year, the virus that causes COVID-19 has become the most sequenced virus of all time. And the pandemic is the first to be tracked in real time.
This “fast and furious,” real-time sequencing has uncovered new variants that prompted stricter lockdowns and otherwise informed policy.
These trial-by-fire efforts are sure to aid the tracking of future outbreaks, when “genomic surveillance of diseases might become routine and bureaucratic. That could be the pandemic’s biggest scientific legacy.”
The Atlantic

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