Geneticist Harm van Bakel, right, has been racing to map the new coronavirus at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

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The pandemic’s deadly grip has sparked a global race to understand how the virus is evolving and spreading — and the clues are in its genetic code. A worldwide network of scientists is trying to map and understand the genomic makeup of the new coronavirus in near real time.

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Geneticist Harm van Bakel, right, has been racing to map the new coronavirus at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City.

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