© Reuters. Scientists work in a lab testing COVID-19 samples at New York City’s health department, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York
By Hussein Waaile and Jonathan Allen
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Scientists at New York City’s health department have begun to analyze the novel coronavirus’s genetic material to allow them to trace the origins of any future outbreaks in the coming months as they cautiously look to reopen the largely shuttered city.
Their work joins similar efforts at scores of institutions around the world, which have been sequencing the genomes of virus samples and pooling their findings in an online global database, allowing researchers to observe subtle differences between samples to track the outbreak’s spread.
Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the city’s health commissioner, told Reuters during a tour this week of the Public Health Laboratory (NYSE:) in Manhattan that…