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In-classroom activity for genome alignment of different strains of viruses in the Coronaviridae family

This is an activity that took place in an Advanced Genetics class that meets in a computer lab. The activity aims to construct a phylogenetic tree of different Coronaviruses, including a few strains of SARS-CoV2. The sequences were pulled from the Virus Pathogen Database and Genbank. Since the activity initially took place in mid-February, there are a lot more available sequences in the databases, while at least one of the sequences included has been retracted. The homework in the end is another application of the skillset the students acquired through the activity, and can be modified based on the course's objectives.

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