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The latest news, blogs, reports, explainers and commentaries of the COG-UK consortium

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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.

Blog

26 Jan 2021

How do we manage data about people’s SARS-CoV-2 samples?

How do we link individuals’ SARS-CoV-2 sample data with other information, and how do we store and manage all this data?

Blog

25 Jan 2021

What can wastewater tell us about COVID-19?

Traces of SARS-CoV-2 are present in the faeces of those with COVID-19 and can be detected in the resulting sewage output. So, what can wastewater tell us about COVID-19?

Blog

22 Jan 2021

Reflections on the achievements of COG-UK

The COG-UK consortium is ten months old this January. Here are ten of these achievements, one for each month of our existence.

Blog

19 Jan 2021

New SARS-CoV-2 variant & other mutations under review

A brief summary of the latest COG-UK mutational surveillance report, which explores SARS-CoV-2 spike gene mutations of potential or known importance.

Blog

13 Jan 2021

Asymptomatic screening & genome sequencing help understand SARS-CoV-2

Initial results suggest that University of Cambridge's screening programme, along with public health measures and student behaviour, has limited the spread of the virus.