Virus hunters


ESR’s Virus Hunters were established in 2009. Their purpose is to develop capability to detect new or rare infectious agents using a new type of DNA sequencing technology, often called next-generation sequencing.

This technology allows for massively parallel unbiased sequencing of DNA. In the past, a single test could only sequence one small part of a genome, we can now obtain millions of sequences covering many different genomes at once.

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ESR's 'virus hunters' make new discovery

ESR's 'virus hunters' make new discovery

ESR scientist Dr Richard Hall has confirmed what is believed to be New Zealand’s first reported case of the sometimes...

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