Genome sequencing COVID-19


Genome sequencing has been around for decades and has become faster and cheaper in more recent years. But how is it currently being used across the world in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic?

Genome sequencing allows the tracking of small mutations in SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19, meaning chains of transmission can be identified. Genome sequencing also assists in identifying missing links in the chain of transmission, which indicates when there are undetected viral sources in the community.


Join our panellists from Australia, Brazil, China and Italy to discuss examples of global collaboration to sequence and track the evolving variants of SARS-CoV-2, the COVID-19 virus.

  • Professor Ben Howden, Microbiological Diagnostic Unit (MDU) Public Health Laboratory, Doherty Institute, Australia
  • Dr Ming-Kun Li, Beijing Institute of Genomics (BIG), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
  • Dr Alessandro Marcello, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Italy
  • Dr Ana Tereza Ribeiro de Vasconcelos, National Laboratory of Scientific Computing (LNCC), Brazil

Event details

Date: Tuesday 23 March 2021

Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm AEDT

Location: Online livestream at the top of this page

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