Keeping Pace With SARS-CoV-2 Evolution

Eugene Koonin and Eric Niederkofler discuss novel technologies to improve viral mutation surveillance.

The Scientist Creative Services Team in collaboration with Thermo Fisher Scientific
Sep 29, 2021

LIVE Webinar

Wednesday, October 20, 2021
3:00 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time

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The COVID pandemic continues to have a significant impact on the scientific community; while it slowed scientific progress in some research areas, it sparked technology development in others. As SARS-CoV-2 spread globally, the virus acquired mutations that drove demand for rapid diagnostic tests and improved mutation surveillance. In this webinar brought to you by Thermo Fisher Scientific, Eugene Koonin and Eric Niederkofler will describe how technological advances help researchers monitor viral evolution and interpret the implications of variation on viral infectivity and transmission rates.   

Topics to be covered

  • SARS-CoV-2 sites under positive selection
  • The likelihood of a transmissive variant emerging that escapes current vaccines
  • Technological advances to keep up with viral evolution

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Meet the Speakers:

Eugene Koonin, PhD
Evolutionary Genomics Group Leader
NIH Distinguished Investigator
Computational Biology Branch
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
National Institutes of Health

Eric Niederkofler, PhD
Applications Manager
Laboratory Products Division
Thermo Fisher Scientific


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