COG-UK News and Events

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


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.


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.


7 Jan 2021

‘World-class’ CLIMB project receives £1.2 million funding boost from UKRI

As part of a wider investment to expand and upgrade ‘world-class’ research infrastructure, the CLIMB project has received a £1.2 million funding boost from UKRI.

Blog / Events / Videos

18 Dec 2020

Watch the first COG-UK Showcase Event – 16th Dec 2020

On the 16th December, we presented our first Showcase Event: SARS-CoV-2 sequencing to inform clinical care, public health interventions and policy decisions. Watch the recording of the event here.


18 Dec 2020

Persistent SARS-CoV-2 infection & viral evolution tracked in an immuno-compromised patient

All viruses accumulate mutations as they evolve over time. But what are the drivers of viral evolution, and could antibody treatment have any influence on this process?


17 Dec 2020

A short history of the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Consortium

This short history of the development of the COG-UK consortium is dedicated to everyone who has contributed to its success, with unlimited energy, enthusiasm, commitment and support.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...