Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Oxford Nanopore leads sequencing coronavirus

Oxford Nanopore leads sequencing coronavirus

Oxford Nanopore is working with a number of public health laboratories, in China and elsewhere, to support the rapid sequencing of the novel coronavirus that was first seen in Wuhan, China.
Sequencing the virus can support 'genomic epidemiology'- characterising the virus and helping public health authorities to understand the identity of the virus, whether it is changing and how it is being transmitted - all in conjunction with other epidemiological data.
The BBC highlighted work here in the UK to use the Oxford Nanopore MinION to rapidly sequence each case of coronavirus so far in the UK, so that the individual mutations could be tracked and thus discover the pathways of the spread of infections.
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