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"By Tracking Coronavirus Mutations, Scientists aim to Forecast the Pandemic’s Future"

The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Marc Suchard, UCLA Fielding School professor of biostatistics, about the new National SARS-CoV-2 Strain Surveillance, or NS3, program — a Biden Administration initiative tasked with the job of detecting emerging new variants of the virus in time to mount effective responses

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
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When a novel coronavirus began its murderous run a little more than a year ago, the use of genetic sequencing as a tool for tracking infectious disease outbreaks was in its infancy.

How quickly a young science grows up in a pandemic.

This month, the practice of genomic surveillance begins its coming of age. The Biden administration has launched an unprecedented push to sequence tens of thousands of coronavirus samples from newly-infected people in every state and territory of the U.S., and build a program to plumb that data for insights into where the pandemic is heading next.

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