COVID-19 Genomics Initiative at the Wellcome Sanger Institute
We provide near real-time monitoring of COVID-19 viruses' genomes in the UK. Our data guide public health actions, and identify changes that could make vaccines less effective
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COVID-19 Surveillance Tool
This website shows how SARS-CoV-2 lineages have changed in frequency over time across England
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COVID-19 surveillance (as of 6 December 2021)
coronavirus genomes sequenced by the Sanger Institute
coronavirus genomes sequenced by COG-UK
Sanger staff are part of the 7-days-per-week operation
How COVID-19 surveillance works
COVID-19 Surveillance delivery team
The 300+ scientists, admin staff and volunteers who make our large-scale, high-throughput COVID-19 sequencing happen
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COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) Protocols
We provide a range of guides on all aspects of large-scale COVID-19 sequencing and monitoring. Our protocols cover the nation-wide collection of samples and metadata, through how to prepare and read the genomes, to the best ways of analysing and visualising the data
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Sanger Seminar: Comprehensive genomic surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 in the UK
Human Cell Atlas COVID-19 research
As part of our work in the Human Cell Atlas initiative, our research teams explore how the SARS-CoV-2 virus enters people’s cells and cause symptoms.
To find out more, please visit: https://www.humancellatlas.org/covid-19/
Latest COVID-19 News and Blogs
3 Dec 2021
Sequencing COVID variants: latest stats
Latest numbers for coronavirus genome sequencing at the Sanger Institute
15 Nov 2021
Covid Connections – Big Data in a Pandemic World
Researchers discuss COVID-19 genome data and its complexities, data sharing and security, and their careers in data science
14 Oct 2021
The inside story of England COVID pandemic described in new study
The most detailed analysis of SARS-CoV-2 genomics surveillance to date shows COVID-19 as a series of overlapping epidemics rather than a ...
10 Sep 2021
Wellcome Sanger Institute recognised as Charity Times finalist for outstanding contribution to pandemic response
Staff praised for dedication and excellence as they work to sequence coronavirus genomes, helping to shape the pandemic response
9 Aug 2021
From Mild to Mortal
An expert panel dscuss some of the latest research into human genetics, immunology and COVID-19.
29 Jun 2021
Covid Connections – Variant or Villain
The second COVID connections talk brought together experts from COG-UK to discuss SARS-CoV-2 variants.
27 May 2021
Genomics in a pandemic – Shedding light on the invisible
Experts from the COVID-19 Genomics UK Consortium discuss sequencing SARS-CoV-2, variants, and viral fitness landscapes.
18 May 2021
Car manufacturing, cellular biology and COVID
Rachel Nelson, head of the Cellular Generation and Phenotyping (CGaP) facility, reflects on managing science at scale, including the lessons ...
30 Apr 2021
Championing Team Science
Professor Muzlifah Haniffa shares her thoughts achieving large-scale science.
29 Mar 2021
Fighting Pathogens with Data and Partnerships
"Data analysis in genomics means that you can work in something that is meaningful."
25 Mar 2021
Salivary gland cells revealed as sites of COVID-19 infection
Human Cell Atlas findings point to role for saliva in SARS-CoV-2 transmission
17 Mar 2021
SARS-CoV-2 infects cells via specific viral entry factors that are more abundant in elderly, men and smokers
These findings offer a molecular explanation for the reported differences in disease severity for COVID-19 patients depending on age, gender and ...
11 Mar 2021
Genomic surveillance – the world’s binoculars focused on infectious diseases
Monitoring the microorganisms that cause COVID-19, malaria, cholera and a whole range of other diseases enables researchers to track outbreaks, ...
3 Mar 2021
Genomics study identifies routes of transmission of coronavirus in care homes
Genome sequencing was combined with detailed epidemiological information to examine the impact of COVID-19 on care homes and to discover how ...
12 Feb 2021
New COVID-19 saliva testing strategy could translate into easy-to-use home device
The new testing approach would be easier to collect and simpler to process in the laboratory than the current nasal-swab process.
5 Feb 2021
Sequencing COVID: our latest stats
As the sequencing hub of COG-UK, the Sanger Institute is sequencing the genomes of coronavirus samples from across the country. ...
21 Dec 2020
20 Things We Learned in 2020
This has been a year that none of us will forget in a hurry. The Institute is immensely proud of ...
19 Nov 2020
COG-UK computing effort wins collaboration award for COVID-19 work
HPCwire award recognises consortium's sequencing of tens of thousands of viral genomes
16 Nov 2020
Wellcome Sanger Institute and COG-UK receive £12.2M UK Government investment for COVID-19 real-time genomic surveillance system
Institute researchers will support the COVID-19 Genomics UK consortium's work by providing high-throughput virus genome sequencing, creating surveillance software to ...
22 Oct 2020
Sequencing COVID-19 at the Sanger Institute
This photo essay goes behind the scenes of the effort to sequence the genome of the COVID-19 virus at the ...
19 Aug 2020
The race to sequence SARS-CoV-2
The Sanger Institute is built for high-throughput science – but the project to sequence coronavirus demanded more samples were handled more ...
27 Jul 2020
Impact of The Technician Commitment
Kelly Vere, Programme Director of the Technician Commitment, explores the progress of the scheme across the UK.