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U.S. rushes to fill void in viral sequencing as worrisome coronavirus variants spread

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Meredith WadmanScience’s COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation.But to date, fewer than 100 coronavirus samples have made it to his sequencers at the McDonnell Genome Institute, and the United States remains nearly blind to several coronavirus strains that have recently upended the course of the pandemic. “We have it all worked out but there’s not a lot of takers,” Milbrandt says of his center’s sequencing abilities. “We are getting more inquiries from the press than from people who need the information. … Some of us have pipelines available—they are just not being utilized.”The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to rapidly change that by coordinating a national surveillance system for.

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