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Scientists use virus's genetic code in attempt to control it

Estée Török is an infectious-disease expert at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Foto: The Washington Post by Anastasia Taylor-Lind Pardis Sabeti is a computational geneticist who runs the Sabeti Lab, which uses genomics to study how diseases and humans evolve and adapt. Foto: The Washington Post by Brianna Soukup

The six British patients seemed to have little in common besides this: Each was dealing with kidney failure, and each had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

They were among scores of virus-stricken people showing up at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in the early weeks of April. Had they lived in the United States instead of the United Kingdom, the link that allowed the contagion to spread among them might have slipped by unnoticed...

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