Southwest Virginia lab switches focus from COVID testing to genomic sequencing

Since April 2020, the Virginia Tech COVID-19 lab has processed more than 220,000 samples. The lab’s director is Carla Finkielstein, a professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. (Credit: Clayton Metz / Virginia Tech)

As more people have become vaccinated against COVID-19, testing for the virus isn’t as frequent. But, at the height of the pandemic it was vital. Mallory Noe-Payne visited a lab in southwest Virginia that played a crucial role in making testing accessible. 

As COVID vaccines and at-home tests have become more accessible, labs across the country have shifted focus from COVID testing to genomic sequencing. Mallory Noe-Payne visited one lab in Roanoke and has more on how scientists are now working to stay ahead of the curve. 

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