Taking stock 8 months in: refocusing our microbiome lab for SARS-CoV-2 research

Written by Sarah Allard, PhD and Jack Gilbert, PhD

refocusing the microbiome lab for sars-cov-2 research
UC San Diego researchers instrumental to innovative SARS-CoV-2 response efforts. Pictured, left to right: Dr Pedro Belda-Ferre, Dr Smruthi Karthikeyan, Dr Lisa Marotz.

Earlier this year, we first wrote about the experience of rapidly refocusing our lab for SARS-CoV-2 research when the pandemic reached San Diego (CA, USA).  Eight months later, the sense of urgency has not diminished, it has only been normalized. There is still a pressing need for research advances in detection, transmission, and treatment, as well as for improved adoption of effective prevention measures. Here, we are providing an update on the project we started as a response to the pandemic and discuss how these initial SARS-CoV-2 research efforts have acted as a springboard for further research and screening efforts....

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