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SARS-CoV-2 studies from the Middle East out in Nature Comms

Understanding the global transmission of SARS-CoV-2 is critical for rapidly containing and handling the virus, especially as new variants and mutations of concern emerge. Certain regions in the world, including the Middle East and Northern Africa region, have been notoriously understudied and under-sampled. For the first time, Scripps Research scientists and collaborators unveil how the virus spreads in this region…
September 3, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 ‘origin’ studies out in Science

The COVID-19-causing coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, likely first spread to humans from animals in two separate transmission events in a Wuhan market in late November 2019, according to a pair of analyses by international teams co-led by Scripps Research scientists. The analyses, published July 26, 2022 in Science and released in earlier, pre-print versions in February, were based mainly on the locations of cases…
July 29, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 surveillance study out in Nature

It can be a bit smellier than other ways of monitoring COVID-19, but analyzing wastewater is a cheaper, faster and more accurate way for public health officials and researchers to detect rising cases. Bits and pieces of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are flushed down toilets and washed down sinks by infected individuals; more copies of the virus found in sewage means…
July 13, 2022
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SARS-CoV-2 early epidemic study out in Cell

Our study investigating one of the most explosive early COVID-19 outbreaks in the United States has been published in Cell. The emergence of the COVID-19 epidemic in the U.S. went largely undetected due to inadequate testing. New Orleans experienced one of the earliest and fastest accelerating outbreaks, coinciding with Mardi Gras. To gain insight into the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in…
July 30, 2021
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Study on B.1.1.7 out in Cell

Our study investigating the spread of the B.1.1.7 SARS-CoV-2 variant first discovered in the UK has been published in the journal Cell. Together with our colleagues at the San Diego-based company Helix, we used testing data, genomics, and modeling to answer two simple questions - when was B.1.1.7 introduced into the US and how is it currently spreading in this country?…
April 9, 2021
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Launch of outbreak.info variant tracking

The Center for Viral Systems Biology (CViSB) at Scripps Research is tracking the prevalence of new variants of SARS-CoV-2—the virus behind the COVID-19 pandemic—and making this information publicly available to drive global research efforts. The daily situation reports appear on Outbreak.info, a website created by the same team in early 2020, shortly after the emergence of COVID-19. The new reports add to the website’s…
February 17, 2021
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Age distribution of COVID-19 cases in San Diego County

To understand the spread of COVID-19 in San Diego, we looked at the age distribution of COVID-19 over time (Figure 1). Data for this analysis was provided by the Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services agency through the San Diego Open GIS Data Portal. The visualization was inspired by Gytis Dudas's…
November 24, 2020