As COVID-19 spreads, scientists around the world are sequencing the virus from patients at an unprecedented speed, and are making genomic details freely available. Here is a curated list of genome tracking tools and articles explaining what we can learn from a look at the genetic make-up of this novel pathogen.

The Latest

MINING CORONAVIRUS GENOMES FOR CLUES TO THE OUTBREAK’S ORIGINS

SCIENCE | Jon Cohen | Jan 31, 2020
Jon Cohen dives into the many successful efforts taking place to use the genome of the novel coronavirus to gain insight into what the virus looks like, how it’s changing, and how it might be stopped. With 53 full sequences of the virus available at the time this article was published, there is no shortage of information, including more evidence that the transfer of the virus from animals to people may not have taken place at the Huanan Seafood Market.

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SCIENTISTS ARE UNRAVELING THE CHINESE CORONAVIRUS WITH UNPRECEDENTED SPEED AND OPENNESS

Carolyn Johnson discusses the speed and transparency with which the global scientific community has attempted to understand what this virus is and how it spreads. We have seen outbreaks before, but we have never seen a response like this.
The Washington Post | Carolyn Johnson | Jan. 24, 2020

Genome Tracking & Interpretation

Want to hear directly from the experts in microbial genomics and bioinformatics? Here are three major platforms with the latest genome tracking and analysis:

Nexstrain.org

VIROLOGICAL.ORG

Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data