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US Tracking Of Virus Variants Has Improved After Slow Start

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FILE - James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab, Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Boston University in Boston. The United States has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

The U.S. has improved its surveillance system for tracking new coronavirus variants such as omicron, boosting its capacity by tens of thousands of samples since early this year.

The U.S. got a slow start compared to other nations where labs were conducting genetic sequencing on many more virus samples. Now, federal money is revving up the U.S. efforts. Scientists are able to find and track new versions of the coronavirus by analyzing the genetic makeup of a portion of samples that test positive.

Government-run labs, universities and commercial labs then share the data in a global endeavor to monitor for new, potentially dangerous variants.

 

 

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