A massive public health effort eradicated smallpox but scientists are still studying the deadly virus

The smallpox virus appears to have been with humanity for millennia before a global vaccination drive wiped it out. Current genome research suggests how smallpox spread and where it came from.

Patricia L. Foster, Professor Emerita of Biology, Indiana University • conversation
June 24, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: genome coronavirus genome-sequencing pandemic sars-cov-2 vaccination viruses world-health-organization-who viral-evolution smallpox zoonoses virulence cowpox smallpox-eradication disease-eradication zoonosis viral-dna

Genomes front and centre of rare disease diagnosis

Cambridge-led study discovers new genetic causes of rare diseases, potentially leading to improved diagnosis and better patient care.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dna health genome genome-sequencing rare-diseases

Cambridge to spearhead £20million alliance to map spread of COVID-19 coronavirus

The University of Cambridge is to take a leading role in a major national effort to help understand and control the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19) announced today by the Government and the UK’s Chief Scientific Adviser.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 23, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: infectious-diseases covid-19 coronavirus genome-sequencing

How to help red squirrels fight back against invasive greys – with DNA sequencing

Scientists hope to learn what makes certain red squirrels able to survive squirrelpox. 

Rachael Tarlinton, Associate Professor in Veterinary Virology, University of Nottingham • conversation
March 2, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  genome-sequencing  wildlife-conservation  squirrels  red-squirrels  grey-squirrels

Study highlights potential of whole genome sequencing to enable personalised cancer treatment

Whole genome sequencing of tumour cells could help predict the prognosis of a patient’s cancer and offer clues to identify the most effective treatment, suggests an international study published today in Nature Medicine.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: cancer breast-cancer genome-sequencing

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