The Genetics of COVID – The Royal Society

Recently detected variants of coronavirus have thrown a spotlight on the genetic evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic. Evolutionary epidemiologist Katrina Lythgoe introduces us to the SARS CoV-2 particle, explains how mutations occur and how they can be picked up through genetic sequencing. We hear how sophisticated sequencing technology, like that used at the Big Data Institute in Oxford, helps track the virus, both worldwide and at a local level, and could help us protect against mutations that make vaccines less effective.

Part of a three-film commission by The Royal Society, celebrating the efforts of their fellows in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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