This is how genomic sequencing has revolutionized the handling of pandemics forever 

Quickly deciphering of the virus’ genetic code also allowed for vaccines to be developed straight away. Image: Reuters/Yves Herman

Samuel Robson

Reader in Genomics and Bioinformatics, and Bioinformatics Lead, Centre for Enzyme Innovation, University of Portsmouth

Angela Beckett

Specialist Research Technician, Centre for Enzyme Innovation, and PhD Candidate in Genomics and Bioinformatics, University of Portsmouth


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