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The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus emerged in December 2019 as a novel human pathogen causing a severe acute respiratory syndrome (COVID-19). In the following months, the disease spread internationally and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020.
We at the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute are responding to the urgency of supporting biomedical research aimed at developing therapeutics and a vaccine for this devastating illness by fast-tracking the UCSC Genome Browser for SARS-Cov-2 and incorporating relevant biomedical datasets such as single-cell lung gene expression into the UCSC Cell Browser. A manuscript describing this work, The UCSC SARS-CoV-2 Genome Browser, is available from the bioRxiv preprint server.
The UCSC Genome Browser is a publicly available web resource serving the research community since July 2000. Both the Genome Browser and UCSC Cell Browser are funded by the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute. In addition to this funding, the COVID-19 projects here are funded by generous supporters including: several anonymous donors; Pat and Roland Rebele; Eric and Wendy Schmidt by recommendation of the Schmidt Futures program; the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS); and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP). To contribute, click here.