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The Genetic Quest to Understand COVID-19

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How the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 made the leap from animals to humans is a puzzle that scientists are trying to solve as humanity comes to grip with the deadly pandemic sweeping the globe.

At the frontline of this scientific work is Professor Edward Holmes, an evolutionary virologist who holds a joint position with the School of Life and Environmental Sciences and the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Sydney.

He has been working closely with scientists in China and around the world to unlock the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that ...