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NEW YORK — A consortium of San Diego-based research institutes has launched an effort to screen for SARS-CoV-2 in the community and to study the virus' genome to better understand how it is transmitted, the Scripps Research Institute said on Tuesday.

Called the San Diego Epidemiology and Research for COVID Health, or SEARCH, alliance, the initiative includes researchers from Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine, Scripps, and University of California, San Diego.

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