U.S. rushes to fill void in viral sequencing as worrisome coronavirus variants spread

Jeffrey Milbrandt, the director of a major sequencing center at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), knew months ago that the United States urgently needed to identify and track emerging variants of SARS-CoV-2, the pandemic coronavirus already spreading across the nation.  Reportedly many researchers have pipelines available that are not being utilized.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to rapidly change that by coordinating a national surveillance system for coronavirus variants. Scientists and public health experts welcome the plan.