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Mystery variant doubles Covid-19 severity

But how was it found, and could it help open up new avenues for treatment?
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Looking back: genomics in 2021

As we approach the end of 2021, we look back on the key developments in genomics and their impact on healthcare and society
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Covid-19 'neanderthal' gene variants explained

In light of new research, we revisit the role our genome plays in the severity of Covid-19 symptoms
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Sequencing Covid-19: 1 million genomes

As the UK reaches a mega sequencing milestone, we look at how the data could be used to better prepare us for the future
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Covid-19: susceptibility and the genome

An international collaboration has discovered new links between our genome and the variable onset and severity of Covid-19
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Why mRNA vaccines aren't gene therapies

We bust another Covid-19 myth – this time about how mRNA vaccines work – in our latest blog post
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Covid-19 contributes to antimicrobial resistance crisis

Covid-19 can’t be treated with antibiotics, so why are patients receiving them and what impact could this have on human health?

Genomics and the new Covid-19 variant

What do we know about the new strain of coronavirus sweeping across the UK? And how did genomics help us get there?

Key genomic technologies of 2020: fighting Covid-19

In the first of two articles reflecting on this year, we look at how genomics became central to tackling an unprecedented global pandemic
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Researchers find ‘hidden’ coronavirus gene

A newly discovered gene within the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus could offer clues about its origins and a possible target for treatment

Covid-19: what’s in the genes?

We take a look at the latest developments in our understanding of the role of the human genome when it comes to disease severity

How genomics is changing vaccines

The speed at which a vaccine is developed can be crucial. RNA vaccines are cheaper and faster to make, but there's yet to be one licensed. Will this change with Covid-19?