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The Genetics Podcast: the global effort to study the genetics of COVID-19

In the latest episode of The Genetics Podcast, Patrick Short, CEO of Sano Genetics, interviews Dr Andrea Hanna, a researcher leading COVID19HG.

COVID19HG is a worldwide effort to understand the role genetics plays in COVID-19 infection and severity. The mission is to bring together the human genetics community to generate, share and analyse data, to learn the genetic determinants of COVID-19 susceptibility, severity and outcomes. The discoveries from the project can be used to help generate hypotheses for drug repurposing, identify individuals’ risk and contribute to the global knowledge of SARS-CoV-2.

In this episode, Patrick and Andrea discuss some of the group’s findings so far and the origins of the initiative, which has now got hundreds of researchers from over fifty countries contributing.

Don’t miss out, listen to the full episode. Also, next week they are hosting their first live podcast!

Next week Patrick will be interviewing Keith McArthur, the rare disease dad who is re-writing the rules to find a cure for his son. We will be covering this podcast after it airs, but you can sign up to watch live.

Exploring all things genetics, Cambridge University Alumnus and current CEO of Sano Genetics, Dr Patrick Short analyses the science, interviews the experts and helps share the stories of people who have been personally affected by genetic conditions in The Genetics Podcast. To take part in the latest research studies mentioned in this podcast please visit

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