COG-UK News and Events

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


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.


27 Nov 2020

COG-UK researchers make highly cited list

Eight COG-UK Consortium members and associates have been recognised by Clarivate as some of the most highly cited researchers of 2020.


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.


19 Nov 2020

CLIMB project receives honours for supporting COG-UK alongside other computing teams

HPCwire has presented the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) project, alongside other computing teams across COG-UK, with the Readers’ Best High Performance Computing Collaboration award, after providing COG-UK with...


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...


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...


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...