Genome Lates: Slowing the Spread: How genomics can help us understand COVID-19 

  6:00 pm on November 26, 2020 | Online Talk

In these unprecedented times we look to science for answers. Since lockdown, staff at the Wellcome Genome Campus have joined the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic in a national genomics sequencing effort to understand and track the spread of the virus. 

If you missed the event you can catch up with our YouTube recording below, Dr Cordelia Langford and Prof Dominic Kwiatkowski in conversation with Dallas Campbell for the last in our 2020 Genome Lates events, a special Human Genome Project anniversary season. They discussed the impact of this vital collaborative effort and the challenges of doing groundbreaking science in times of social distancing.


Cordelia and Dominic are from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, where Cordelia is Director of Science Operations, and Dominic is Head of the Parasites and Microbes Programme. Dallas Campbell is a presenter and author, well known for presenting some of British television’s most popular factual programmes including: Bang Goes the Theory and The Sky at Night.


This event was part of a special Human Genome Project anniversary season 2020 to celebrate 20 years since the landmark first draft of the complete Human Genome. Over the season we explored some of the groundbreaking work happening at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridgeshire and met the people behind the science. Our free online conversations presented personal stories and reflected on breathtaking advances in genomic science, while inviting audiences to discuss and share views of the impact of new discoveries on their lives and wider society, today and into the future. We heard from our current Campus Institute Directors, people who worked during the earliest days of the Human Genome Project, some of today’s early career researchers, and scientists working to defeat the spread of COVID-19.


You can also explore ourYouTube channelfor some great films and resources on the Human Genome Project.


Image: © NIAID. This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19