Genetics is at the very core of understanding the origin of the Coronavirus, its potentially devastating effects on fit and healthy patients, and will likely play a role in the development of a vaccine in the future. There has been a concerted effort by the COVID19 Host Genetics Initiative to generate, share and analyse data to learn the genetic determinants of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity and outcomes. In this episode, #TheCoronaCast host Mr Pranai Buddhdev speaks to a previous guest of #ThePaedipodsCast, Dr Melita Irving, a clinical geneticist from Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospitals London about how this agile pivot in research projects and collaboration will yield the information necessary to help tackling the global pandemic.
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COVID19 Host Genetics Initiative: https://www.covid19hg.org
Dr Melita Irving’s Book – The Human DNA Manual: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Human-Genome-Manual-Haynes-Manuals/dp/1785215949