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Janelia’s COVID-19 Response

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Janelia’s scientists work every day to discover and share new scientific knowledge. To limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our employees safe, we reduced our campus operations to a minimal level. However, our commitment to research continues. Here are some ways that Janelians are sharing their time, expertise, and resources in this moment of need.

Increasing testing capabilities in our community

We are supporting COVID-19 testing efforts provided by Aperiomics. Our scientists are working on a volunteer basis to run equipment and process patient tests. We are also lending Aperiomics key equipment and supplies. Our assistance is doubling the company’s capacity to process tests from patients in Loudoun County and beyond.

Identifying drug targets

Our scientists are participating in a multi-institution drug discovery project for COVID-19. They are making and testing cells expressing a potential drug target — a protein made by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Then, they’ll share those cells with other research institutions for drug screening.

Designing new tests

Our toolbuilders are turning their talents toward new ways to detect SARS-CoV-2. Our teams are using Janelia tools and techniques to design different viral detection assays that do not require expensive equipment and could be used in the field, particularly in resource-limited countries.