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Canadian VirusSeq Data Portal

The goal of the CanCOGeN VirusSeq project was to sequence up to 150,000 viral samples from Canadians testing positive for COVID-19. The VirusSeq Data Portal is an open-source and open-access data portal for all Canadian SARS-CoV-2 sequences and associated non-personal contextual data. It harmonizes, validates and automates submission to international databases.

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Impact on Canadians

Genomic-based tracking and analysis of the evolving traits of the SARS-CoV-2 virus across Canada provides critical information for:

  • Public health and policy decisions
  • Testing and tracing strategies
  • Virus detection and surveillance methods
  • Vaccine development and effectiveness
  • Drug discovery and effectiveness of treatment
  • Understanding susceptibility, disease severity and clinical outcomes
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Why Sequence this Virus?

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Identify and track transmission trends at the regional, provincial, national and international scales.
Aid detection of new clusters of cases/outbreaks.
Discover evolving viral characteristics that might impact.
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Genome Canada has also partnered with DNAstack to share VirusSeq data on Viral AI , a federated network for genomic variant surveillance and infectious disease research. Viral AI was designed to deliver equitable access to software infrastructure, accelerate international data sharing, and empower scientists and public health officials with globally representative datasets they need to mitigate current and future infectious disease outbreaks.

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