U of I and INBRE researchers to study Coronavirus Variants

The University of Idaho received a $737,000 grant from the National Institute of Health to study Coronavirus variants under the INBRE education network. 

Researchers will conduct viral genomic sequence analyses to identify variants of the virus and link them to travel patterns, outbreak events, and demographic groups in Idaho.

The Idaho Public Health North Central District has identified 22 Latah County cases as variants. According to a press release, there is a possibility of more variants that have not been tracked.

U of I’s COVID-19 testing lab preserved positive samples. Researchers will use those samples to learn more about the virus and possibly identify more variants.

The repository is one of the few in the state.