24. Apr. 2020
A group of Danish researchers are contributing important knowledge about how the DNA of COVID-19 evolves - in close collaboration with Danish and international partners.

DNA RESEARCH: They were supposed to be mapping the bacteria and archae of Denmark’s microflora in a spectacular research project inspired by the botanical masterpiece, Flora Danica. But then coronavirus came along and put a halt to their sample collections.

Instead, the team quickly shifted their focus from bacteria to virus and began sequencing DNA from samples provided by Danish hospitals.

SARS-CoV-2 genomes from Denmark will appear on @nextstrain and @emblebi as soon as they are sequenced. Image: @MadsAlbertsen85

Global collaboration

The genomes will be included in international databases to help researchers all over the world collaborate on understanding and combating the global coronavirus pandemic: