01 April 2020
Chris Mason (Weill Cornell Medicine)
Chris Mason talks about his group's efforts studying the COVID-19 outbreak in New York City and the research they are conducting to better understand the spread of the virus. He presents the global MetaSUB consortium, which collects DNA and RNA samples all over the world and sequences them to compare the urban microbiomes and microviromes in different cities. He also describes their novel LAMP test, which can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus in about 30 minutes at room temperature in a single test tube. They are planning to use this test in 'pop-up labs' in different US cities to test people in real time.