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



16 Nov 2020

£12.2 million boost for SARS-CoV-2 real-time genomic surveillance

The COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium has been backed by the Department for Health and Social Care Testing Innovation Fund to expand whole genome sequencing of positive SARS-CoV-2 virus samples...


10 Nov 2020

COG-UK passes 100K genomes

As the 100K mark whizzes by, it is worth reflecting on why this unprecedented viral genomic surveillance effort has been needed, how the genome data generated has been used to...


9 Nov 2020

SARS-CoV-2 mutations, the science behind the mink case

The Danish government will cull 17 million farmed mink in the country after detecting variants of the SARS-CoV-2 in these animals with mutations that have been transmitted back to humans...


6 Nov 2020

SARS-CoV-2 mutations, what we have learned from new fast-growing lineages and the Spike N439K variant

The combination of epidemiological studies which allow the identification of new variants spreading among communities and experimental work carried on by virology groups, is necessary to fully characterise SARS-CoV-2 mutations...


3 Nov 2020

Software tool will help doctors identify and prevent hospital transmission of SARS-CoV-2

The software combines knowledge about infection dynamics, data describing the movements of individuals, and genome sequence data to assess whether or not coronavirus has been transmitted between people in the...


23 Oct 2020

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


23 Oct 2020

COG-UK report 12 – 15th October 2020

As of 22nd October, the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium has sequenced more than 81,000 SARS-CoV-2 virus genomes from the UK, representing about 45 per cent of the global total.


16 Oct 2020

Report 12: 15th October 2020 – COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium

COG-UK genome sequence data and tools have been used in more than 120 retrospective and live public health outbreak investigations in the UK since March 2020. Analysis of COG-UK and...