Genomic Surveillance Covid-19

Tracking the coronavirus’s evolution, letter by letter, is revolutionizing pandemic science - Sarah Zhang

Genomic Surveillance Covid-19

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CYBER-SECURITY BARELY existed as a business consideration until the “Melissa” virus struck in 1999, followed by the cruel “I love you” virus and the aptly named “Slammer”. They crippled companies but spawned a new industry to carry out global surveillance of computers and networks to identify, catalogue and repel emerging threats. Today cybersecurity firms provide that information to governments, companies and individuals to protect themselves.

A similar revolution is needed for biological viruses—a global surveillance system led by the private sector working in partnership with governments at all levels. Where Britain has a National Cyber Force to protect digital infrastructure…

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