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How UK scientists are tracking down new Covid variants – podcast – The Guardian

Since the pandemic began, a crack team of scientists have been working to track Covid variants as they appear, to try to stop them from spreading. The Guardian’s…

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At the end of last year, a crack team of British scientists discovered a new coronavirus variant that would spread across the world. The Guardians health editor, Sarah Boseley, tells Rachel Humphreys about how the scientists went about tracing the variant.
The UK is world-leading in its genomic sequencing and surveillance. When the coronavirus first reached the UK, genomic scientists began a major collaborative effort to sequence samples from people who had fallen ill. The Covid-19 Genomics UK (Cog-UK)…

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