COVID-19: Genomic Perspectives and Approaches

April 24, 2020, 2:00pm – 3:00pm | NYGC Webinar

COVID-19: Genomic Perspectives and Approaches

Michael Zody, PhD
Scientific Director of Computational Biology, New York Genome Center

Friday, April 24, 2020
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Dr. Zody, a nationally recognized genomics expert who was part of the Human Genome Project, discussed how scientists are using next-generation sequencing technologies to decode the RNA virus SARS-CoV-2 and the associated COVID-19 disease.The talk covered:

  • What is an RNA virus? 
  • How does it replicate?
  • What RNA sequencing can show us about the spread of virus, effective treatments, and vaccines
  • What scientists can discover from viral and human host sequencing
A Q&A period followed Dr. Zody’s presentation.

This webinar was held on the eve of National DNA Day 2020, which commemorates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953. The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) began celebrating DNA Day annually on April 25th after the 108th Congress passed concurrent resolutions designating it as DNA Day.