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24 Jan 2023

Snapshots of Women in the COVID-19 Genomics Consortium: Scientific Excellence During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Book

This book showcases the experiences not just of those interviewed for the monthly Women in COG interview series but also those that have helped to deliver the COG-Train global genomic training programme. It also highlights COG-UK consortium members whose efforts have been recognised with internal and external awards.

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16 Jan 2023

The use of whole genome sequencing for SARS-CoV-2 variant monitoring

Between 2020 and 2022, over 50,000 COVID-19 samples were collected for sequencing from the population of Northern Ireland through national swab tests. To avoid becoming overwhelmed by the large number of sequencing samples, the public health agency sought rapid assistance. We spoke to Professor David Simpson, from the Queen’s University Belfast School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, about how he and his team, supported by COG-UK, worked on the sequencing of these samples.


16 Dec 2022

A detailed look at the benefits of rapid SARS-CoV-2 genomic sequencing to inform infection control decisions

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for large-scale genomic sequencing that can be delivered at a pace to inform public health and infection control decisions. We spoke to Dr Hayley Colton from the University of Sheffield, Department of Infection, Immunity and Cardiovascular Disease, about how she and her team set out to understand the barriers to rapid sequencing and its onward use for action and impact.