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COVID-19 research at the Sanger Institute
We are committed to tracking, understanding and combatting COVID-19. At Sanger, we have received and handled over 20,000 million samples since March 2020 – these samples are the residues of PCR tests, which test for the presence of the virus. Anywhere between 8-20 per cent of samples we receive are positive. Capacity is being increased to be able to sequence 20,000 a week by the end of February. Over 300 staff have been involved in the effort at Sanger so far, including teams working on logistics, software, sequencing, research and development, operations and analysis. The operation runs 7 days a week.
What does it take to sequence tens of thousands of COVID-19 samples?
On 23 March 2020 the Wellcome Sanger Institute began preparations to sequence the genetic code of the COVID-19 virus. The huge logistical and technical operation was set up in a matter of weeks. This short film gives a glimpse of the work going on behind the scenes, from Stores to DNA preparation, from sequencing to data handling.
There’s an attractive benefits package on offer at the Wellcome Genome Campus. We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies, plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.
We recruit locally, nationally and internationally and welcome applications and expressions of interest at every level. Sanger Institute is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.
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