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AMR and coronavirus variants: These researchers spot new threats to global health

Every four minutes of every day, supercomputers at McMaster collect new data and help public health agencies from all over the world, adding to a repository of information that has become a large global database for genomic mapping of anti-microbial resistance (AMR) and more recently, a crucial resource to identify and track COVID-19 variants.


Andrew McArthur, a leading expert on genome sequencing who runs a lab dedicated to genomic surveillance of infectious pathogens, is on the front lines of variant detection, creating computer models and software to gather data on new and possibly more infectious variants like those from the UK, South Africa and Brazil, and to be alert for those that have yet to emerge, sharing the information with the Public Health Agency of Canada.


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