How the U.K. Became World Leader in Sequencing CoronavirusGenome

How the U.K. Became World Leader in Sequencing CoronavirusGenome

LONDON—Every week across the U.K., a fleet of courier trucks ferries chilled waste material from half a million Covid-19 tests to a genome-sequencing facility in Cambridgeshire, eastern England.

The daily operation is part of a Covid-19 surveillance system that has made the U.K. the world’s leading sequencer of the coronavirus genome and helped it to spot a more contagious, and possibly more deadly, variant of the virus that in most countries would

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