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NEW YORK – The UK Biobank said on Sunday that it is launching a large-scale long-term study to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 in the general population and to understand levels of immunity and the role of genetics.

The study is led by the UK Biobank, supported by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), and was developed by the Wellcome Trust. It aims to enroll 20,000 existing Biobank participants, as well as their adult children and grandchildren, from England, Scotland, and Wales.

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