Vaccine Hunt: Coronavirus’s genetic fingerprints are used to rapidly map its spread

Widespread data sharing has revealed a clearer picture of the virus’s movements

SEATTLE — Unprecedented data sharing and breakneck genetic sleuthing are charting the new coronavirus’s travels around the globe.

By cataloging tiny genetic tweaks to the virus, called 2019 novel coronavirus or 2019-nCoV, computational biologist Trevor Bedford at Fred Hutch, a cancer research center in Seattle, and his colleagues show the virus is spreading around Wuhan, China, and kicking off much smaller chains of transmission elsewhere. 

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