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BEIS has published a case study on how genomic data was shared during the covid-19 pandemic.

This report discusses the highlights and challenges that were faced for genomic data sharing through this time, including how these could be addressed going forward.

Some of the issues discussed include the difficulty in gaining the data in the first place and the associated stigma that still exists throughout the general public. This is something that can be built on and improved significantly. The report also highlights the importance of global cooperation, something that is currently being emphasized in relation to the development of the new UKCA regulatory system.

Many of the themes within the report have already been reflected within the BIVDA Genomics Working Party, where work is ongoing to try and help some of these key areas. It also links into the work being conducted in collaboration with Charles River Associates on genomics within the NHS.

Ben Kemp