Sequencing in the UK: leading the world’s response to COVID-19?

Written by Abigail Sawyer (Senior Editor) & Tristan Free (Digital Editor)

World leading sequencing

Recent articles and government statements from the UK have touted the UK’s sequencing capabilities as ‘world-leading’. How accurate is this claim and if it is so, why is sequencing so important to the UK? Genomics and sequencing in the UK are a source of national pride and rightly so. Rosalind Franklin produced Photo 51 – an x-ray diffraction image of DNA – at  King’s College London  (London, UK) and it was this work that enabled Watson and Crick to identify the structure of DNA at Cambridge University (Cambridge, UK). Since this time, the UK’s impact on and involvement in the...

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