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Virus rebel Professor Edward Holmes named NSW Scientist of the Year – Sydney Morning Herald

The man who first published the genome sequence of the coronavirus for the world to see has been named NSW Scientist of the Year.

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“In the great scheme of things, I am extraordinarily lucky to have a job, when a lot of people are really struggling right now,” he said.
Setting loose the virus code
Holmes is quick to point out that it was his colleague, Professor Yong-Zhen Zhang at Fudan University in China, who initially sequenced the SARS-CoV-2 genome code on January 5.
“I helped him work out what it meant,” Professor Holmes said.
But Chinese authorities had told them all not to publish, Professor Holmes said.
“I think they…

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