Direct RNA sequencing and early evolution of SARS-CoV-2
George Taiaroa, Daniel Rawlinson, Leo Featherstone, Miranda Pitt, Leon Caly, Julian Druce, Damian Purcell, Leigh Harty, Thomas Tran, Jason Roberts, Nichollas Scott, Mike Catton, Deborah Williamson, Lachlan Coin, Sebastian Duchene
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Published : 2020
Fundamental aspects of SARS-CoV-2 biology remain to be described, having the potential to provide insight to the response effort for this high-priority pathogen. Here we describe the first native RNA sequence of SARS-CoV-2, detailing the coronaviral transcriptome and epitranscriptome, and share these data publicly. A data-driven inference of viral genetic features and evolutionary rate is also made. The rapid sharing of sequence information throughout the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic represents an inflection point for public health and genomic epidemiology, providing early insights into the biology and evolution of this emerging pathogen.