Whole genome sequencing helps team release the first Chinese population blood atlas

Research scientist with gloves holding blood sample on glass in laboratory. Biology doctor analyzing plasma dna for medical discovery in pharmaceutical industry. Science equipment on desk

Whole genome sequencing technology can discover various known or unspecified viral sequences contained in human blood, which can provide an important database for viral infection prevention, vaccine development, viral genomic and epidemiological research. For example, numerous common cancers are associated with oncogenic viruses, including Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), hepatitis B and C viruses (HBV and HCV), and human papillomavirus (HPV).

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