Whole genome sequencing (WGS), the process of determining the complete nucleotide or DNA/RNA sequence of a genome at one time, has made headlines recently for its potential to transform infectious disease management, particularly related to SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Laboratories around the world have paused regular work to pursue treatment for COVID-19. While there are still no evidence-based treatments available, scientists are evaluating a variety of options beyond supportive care.
Amid the spread of COVID-19, testing for SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes it, is at the forefront of the battle. Patients rely on test results to confirm if they’ve acquired the coronavirus, and public health entities around globe rely on the data to learn how and where the virus is spreading.
With the COVID-19 pandemic having reached over 170 countries, and cases skyrocketing in the United States and other nations, scientists around the world are working as fast as they can to develop a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.