Genomics & COVID-19

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This is a collection of articles which explain the role genomics is playing in addressing the challenges of the pandemic.

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In Depth Article

Genomics: How A Cutting-Edge Field Is Fighting COVID-19

Joep de Ligt and Shaun Hendy @ the eResearch 2021 Conference

Why rapid genome sequencing is key to finding out how long Delta has been in NZ, and how large this outbreak might be 19 August 2021

Scientists race to find source of Covid-19 community case 17 August 2021

Why do some people get more sick from Covid? New research reveals the role genetics plays COVID-19 12 July 2021

COVID-19 The rise and rise of Delta 22 June 2021

How New Zealand’s Covid success made it a laboratory for the world 3 April 2021

What the new, more infectious strains of Covid-19 mean for us 14 January 2021

Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine 25 December 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: Just how worrying is the new Covid-19 strain for Britain – and the rest of us? 21 December 2020

Genomic epidemiology reveals transmission patterns and dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 in Aotearoa New Zealand 11 December 2020

How Covid-19 genome sequencing maps the spread of the virus 25 November 2020

Siouxsie Wiles: Aches on a plane – new findings on in-flight Covid transmission 23 November 2020

Covid-19: Behind the scenes of genomic sequencing in Wellington’s own backyard 21 November 2020

Tiny variants in genes may dictate severity of coronavirus  1 November 2020

Covid-19: Scientists use coronavirus’ own genetic code in attempt to control it 14 October 2020

The NZ strains: Our second wave 5 October 2020

How the PCR test works and why it’s such a critical weapon against Covid-19 21 September 2020

How rapid genome sequencing is changing the way we respond to Covid-19 22 August 2020

Why New Zealand needs to focus on genome sequencing to trace the source of its new COVID-19 outbreak 13 August 2020

How genome testing could help reveal the source of community Covid 13 August 2020

Siouxsie Wiles & Toby Morris: How genome sequencing could crack the case of the NZ Covid comeback 13 August 2020

How genomics will help us track Covid-19 12 August 2020

Sequencing the genome of Covid-19 22 July 2020

‘Genomic fingerprinting’ helps us trace coronavirus outbreaks. What is it and how does it work? 21 July 2020

Genomic sequencing: what it is and how it’s being used against Covid-19 in Victoria 4 July 2020

Genomics: How A Cutting-Edge Field Is Fighting COVID-19 18 June 2020

How countries are using genomics to help avoid a second coronavirus wave 27 May 2020

The NZ strains: How the virus got here 8 May 2020

Genetic scientists map spread of Covid-19 in New Zealand  1 May 2020

The coronavirus genome is like a shipping label that lets epidemiologists track where it’s been 27 April 2020