I am a Reader in Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Portsmouth. Since 2020, I have led the south coast sequencing hub for the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium. This is a network of research institutes, public health agencies and NHS Trusts, working together to understand the spread of the virus across the UK. Through the use of whole genome sequencing of virus samples, we are able to further understand how the virus spreads, identify direct transmission chains in hospitals and other settings, and identify potential variants of concern.
If the pandemic had happened ten years ago, what would it have looked like? Doubtless there would have…