Deciphering the biological pathways behind rare genetic diseases often involves assembling a team of specialists to work closely with the family members of those affected.
DNA sequencing has allowed researchers to catch new COVID-19 variants hours after receiving the first positive test sample.
Miniaturized laboratory equipment is making it easier to identify airborne pathogens in the field, but there’s still work ahead to be able to instantly determine if a room is safe or contaminated.
Superfast DNA analysis is now being used to crack medical mysteries when physicians can’t figure out whether an infectious microbe is causing the disease.
Massive online DNA databases can be used as a resource to discover viruses – even if the data had not been explicitly collected for that purpose.