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MAIKE SEIFERT | From high-throughput sequencing to highthroughput COVID diagnostics.



2020 was a special year for all of us. At the end of March 2020, the Center for Translational Microbiome Research was quickly converted from a large-scale microbiome research lab into a SARS-CoV-2 testing center, to assist in analyzing SARS-CoV-2 PCR tests from across Sweden. Initially assisting with RNA extraction for the National Pandemic Center at the Karolinska Institute/SciLifeLab, the Center for Translational Microbiome Research rapidly expanded its involvement, becoming one of the biggest testing facilities in Sweden, with a testing capacity of 10,000 samples per day, typically turning around results within 24 hours from samples arriving at the lab. This transformation would not have been possible or sustainable without Tecan.