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23 Oct 2020

How a COG-UK Partner is helping to sequence tens of thousands of COVID-19 samples

Blog post and video by the Sanger Institute, a COG-UK Consortium partner

How a COG-UK Partner is helping to sequence tens of thousands of COVID-19 samples

Read the Wellcome Sanger Insitute’s Blog post about their work and watch their video

In a blog post and video, the Wellcome Sanger Institute takes you behind the scenes of its work to provide large-scale genome sequencing of thousands of COVID-19 samples as part of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium.

To read the blog post, please click here: Sequencing COVID-19 at the Sanger Institute

The video is available below:


COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK)

The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium works in partnership to harness the power of SARS-CoV-2 genomics in the fight against COVID-19.

Led by Professor Sharon Peacock of the University of Cambridge, COG-UK is made up of an innovative collaboration of NHS organisations, the four public health agencies of the UK, the Wellcome Sanger Institute and sixteen academic partners. A full list of collaborators can be found here.

The COVID-19 pandemic, caused by SARS-CoV-2, represents a major threat to health. The COG-UK consortium was formed in March 2020 to deliver SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing and analysis to inform public health policy and to support the establishment of a national pathogen sequencing service, with sequence data now predominantly generated by the Wellcome Sanger Institute and the Public Health Agencies.

SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing and analysis plays a key role in the COVID-19 public health response by enabling the identification, tracking and analysis of variants of concern, and by informing the design of vaccines and therapeutics. COG-UK works collaboratively to deliver world-class research on pathogen sequencing and analysis, maximise the value of genomic data by ensuring fair access and data linkage, and provide a training programme to enable equity in global sequencing.