Rapid Genome Sequencing and Screening Help Hospital Manage COVID-19 Outbreaks



Ah, yes genomes, those little things inside our body that, including DNA, build up who we are. A team of scientists and clinicians at the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) have been reading the genetic code of the virus to see if cases within the hospital are connected. This has enabled the hospital to fully investigate these outbreaks and to improve infection control measures to reduce the risk of further infections. It seems so strange, I have been watching documentaries on genomes, doing science problems on them, and now I am making a story on them!


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