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CDC Forms Consortium to Share COVID-19 Sequencing Data
May 2, 2020, at 11:40 a.m.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is bringing together public and private laboratories, universities, corporations, and health agencies to share research about how the coronavirus is spreading across the nation.
Participants will put data about COVID-19 genomic sequencing into the public domain, according to a news release from the CDC. That real-time information, which will show how the virus mutates and spreads, is designed to help public health officials interrupt chains of transmission, prevent new cases of illness and guide contact tracing and infection control strategies.
Ultimately, the data-sharing should save lives, the CDC said.