Genomic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 has made a profound impact in support of the global response to the pandemic. The ability to carry out analysis on samples is increasingly being considered as a crucial functionality of public health labs. However, many labs are faced with the daunting task of starting an entire bioinformatics program and integrating the appropriate tools and software from the ground up. The benefits these technologies bring to public health are invaluable.
In an effort to bridge the gap in integrating these technologies for SARS-CoV-2 (SC2) analysis, PHA4GE Pipelines and Visualization Working Group members collaborated on a guidance document to define the major challenges and to highlight various open source resources that have emerged from the public health community. Conceptualizing the challenges faced aided in identifying and accentuating the major open access and open source resources available in the public health space. Read more!