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Dana Crawford speaks about a method to identify emerging COVID-19 variants

Omicron emphasizes the importance of genomic surveillance

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Fortune Magazine: Dana Crawford, professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, discussed the role that genomic sequencing plays in identifying new, emerging COVID-19 variants. She said identification of Omicron is a testament to the importance of broad genomic surveillance. Without the efforts of the South African scientists who identified and reported it, nations would not have been able to prepare for Omicron’s potential impact—and start looking for it themselves.