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Meet our genetic detectives

NSW Health Pathology’s ICPMR-Westmead laboratory conducts whole genome sequencing for the COVID-19 virus to examine the origin of and relationships between cases.

Whole genome sequencing of the coronavirus is a powerful and highly sensitive tool that can be used to identify links between COVID-19 cases to inform public health action. It provides a ‘fingerprint’ of each virus sample, which can be compared with other positive samples to provide a deeper understanding of the spread of the disease. It can be used to match new cases to clusters, or find the origin of an outbreak.  

Channel 9’s Today Show visited our lab recently to gain an inside view, behind the scenes, of how we are using science and maths to solve the COVID-19 puzzle. Vision courtesy of Channel 9.

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