Heba Mostafa (left), assistant professor of pathology at Johns Hopkins Medicine, joins APL biologists Tom Mehoke (center) and Peter Thielen as the team initiates a sequencing of the genome of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19.

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