The current outbreak of COVID-19 is compared to coronaviruses that have been detected in animals or past cases with much milder symptoms and a smaller number of reported infections. But how can we use bioinformatics and genomics to study this disease and understand its origins? How can we know whether it is different from other similar strains and even learn about its pathogenesis? What does bioinformatics reveal about changes in the viral protein function inside the human body?
In this free workshop, we will learn about the novel coronavirus genomics and understand how genomic data analysis tools can help identify specific viral strains, understand multiple sequence alignment, phylogenetic analysis and the significance of mutations in the context of viral protein structure and function.