Coronavirus: Scientists need to study the genomics of human susceptibility to COVID-19

In an article published at The Conversation, evolutionary biologist Richard Nichols and I argue there is a chance that human genomics research may help the fight against the novel coronavirus

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We write:

"Scientists should start sequencing the genomes of coronavirus patients. We should look for DNA differences between patients who are severely affected and those with mild symptoms. This could allow us to predict who else would be vulnerable and advise them to take precautions. We may be able to use this knowledge against the coronavirus epidemic before a vaccine is widely available..."

Click here to read the full article at The Conversation

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Richard Buggs

Professor, Queen Mary University of London


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over 2 years ago

Aha, we need a 100,000,000 human genome project!!