Title: Mia in DNA pipelines, Project Heron | Credit: © Dan Ross and GRL

Project Heron


In March 2020 when the world was going into global lockdown, a small number of staff at the Wellcome Sanger Institute were embarking on a UK-wide collective effort to sequence, and understand an unknown deadly virus. Since it’s inception Project Heron, Wellcome Sanger Institute’s contribution to the national COG-UK consortium, has sequenced millions of COVID-19 genomes. It has helped to map the spread of the virus, predict outbreaks and identify threatening variants.

To find out more about the vital contribution staff at the Wellcome Sanger Institute are making to tackle COVID-19 check out this article and photo essay.