COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium

We are delivering large-scale, rapid whole-genome sequencing of SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing the current COVID-19 pandemic, to Public Health Agencies, the NHS and the UK government.

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Latest Updates

Explainer

3 Mar 2021

What do virologists mean by ‘mutation’, ‘variant’ and ‘strain’?

The terms used to describe the genetics of viruses are easily misunderstood. Here, we aim to define some of these terms using clear language and straightforward examples.

Blog

25 Feb 2021

Visualisation tools to help understand SARS-CoV-2 mutations

Three tools, Grinch, CoVal and COG-UK-ME, are now available to help understand the genetic information produced by COG-UK about mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 genome.

Explainer

23 Feb 2021

Introducing Mutation Explorer: An open-access dashboard by COG-UK

The COG-UK Mutation Explorer is an interface that provides access to data on SARS-CoV-2 mutations and variants of interest in the COG-UK data set.

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UK-wide genomic sequencing

Our purpose is to provide data that influences public health interventions and policy decisions, and through this make a contribution towards reducing the toll of COVID-19 on our population.

Led by Professor Sharon Peacock of the University of Cambridge, COG-UK is made up of an innovative partnership of NHS organisations, Public Health Agencies, academic partners providing sequencing and analysis capacity, lighthouse labs, and the central sequencing hub of the Wellcome Sanger Institute.