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Reading Genomes: The Key to Life and to Thwarting Death

Like humans, viruses have genomes: biological instructions that mold their structure, function, and reproduction. The ability to sequence a genome—to “read” the hereditary code inscribed in cells or viral particles—is one of the triumphs of modern science. In the latest installment of the COVID-19 Basic Science Prequels, Jennifer Welsh traces the history of this lifesaving breakthrough and illuminates the pivotal role it played in cracking the code of SARS-CoV-2.

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