Scientists Trace The Spread Of Coronavirus Through Genomic Mutations

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Scientists around the world are investigating the biology of the coronavirus so they can more effectively fight COVID-19. One of the frontiers of that research is tracing mutations in the virus' genome, which scientists can use to track the spread of the disease.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with virologist Angela Rasmussen (@angie_rasmussen), an associate research scientist at Columbia University.

NPR is remembering people who have died of coronavirus as they continued to work outside their homes during the pandemic: health care workers; grocery store clerks; city and town services employees; police; domestic workers; mail carriers; caretakers; those who kept serving others as the rest of us have stayed home.

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This segment aired on May 5, 2020.



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