COG-UK News and Events

The latest news, blogs, events and videos across the COG-UK consortium

Blog

9 Dec 2020

Genomic analysis of epidemic waves of COVID-19 in Scotland and Wales

Two reports submitted to SAGE describe the genomic history of SARS-CoV-2 in Scotland and Wales throughout the first epidemic wave, and into the second.

Blog

4 Dec 2020

How do we collect and sequence SARS-CoV-2 samples?

As we learn more about COVID-19 and how the virus changes over time, the way we collect and sequence positive SARS-CoV-2 samples will continue to evolve.

Blog

24 Nov 2020

COVID-19 in care homes — what have we learned from genome sequencing?

Read COG-UK partner Quadram Institute’s explainer blog on the latest findings of how the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreads within care homes.

Blog

24 Nov 2020

The value of coordinated sequencing to understand a pandemic in real-time

Erik Volz and colleagues investigated the D614G mutation by using more than 25,000 viral genomes to understand the pandemic in real-time.

Blog

20 Nov 2020

Priority research questions for COG-UK

Professor Sharon Peacock and Professor Ravi Gupta discuss COG-UK's research priorities and how advancements in our scientific understanding of COVID-19 have refreshed the consortium's thinking.

Blog

18 Nov 2020

What next for COG-UK following new funding of £12.2 million?

Professor Sharon Peacock discusses the new £12.2 million funding from the Department of Health and Social Care Testing Innovation Fund — how the funds will be used and what it...

Blog

17 Nov 2020

The COG-UK Project Hospital-Onset COVID-19 Infections (HOCI) Study

The COG-UK HOCI study aims to evaluate the benefits of rapid COVID-19 genomic sequencing on infection control in preventing the spread of the virus in UK NHS hospitals. 2,000 patients...

Blog

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...

Blog

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...

Blog

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...

Blog

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...

Blog

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