A pair of Cambridge University professors took home 1 million euro ($1.22 million) from the Millennium Technology Prize, known as the Finnish Nobel science prize, for their pioneering work in a superfast DNA sequencing technology.
Genome sequencing — mapping the genetic sequences of the virus from confirmed COVID-19 cases in a bid to track its spread — is now an integral part of New Zealand’s coronavirus response. It is providing greater certainty in identifying clusters and helps focus the investigations of contact tracers.
Scientists have discovered that genomic sequencing can play a role in COVID-19, as they have found that it can spread patterns. Genomic tracing can help in tracking the viral spread based on a person's medical history alone. Read on to find out how they sampled patients in New York and discovered from which region their virus strains came from.