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Welcome to the ZB MED COVID-19 Hub

This page aims to support researchers and interested individuals by providing tools and data sets related to the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak and the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Here ZB MED provides several own bioinformatics and text mining services as well as curated collections of external resources.

We have created a dedicated COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 version of LIVIVO - our literature search engine LIVIVO (regular full version). It contains meta data of around 50.000 COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 related articles including a frequently updated set of relevant pre-prints from bioRxiv and medRxiv. Furthermore, it covers articles included in the COVID-19 Open Research Dataset (CORD-19) and other sources.

Next to the version of LIVIVO we created a Covid-19 preprint viewer. The viewer provides advanced search and filter functionality based on abstracts, is daily updated, provide direct link to the corresponding full texts and export functionality for retrieved results. In addition, to enhance retrieval functionality, concepts from standardised disease and symptom vocabularies as well as terminologies adapted by epidemiologists searching for transmission and seroprevalence information are annotated in the abstracts. Currently, the service is restricted to preprints from arXiv, ChemRxiv,, bioRxiv and medRxiv but extensions in terms of preprint resources and further terminology annotations are planned.

Additionally, we have generated a genome browser of the SARS-CoV-2 wuhCor1 strain as well as full genome sequence alignments of all available genomes sequences and built interactive phylogenetic trees based on them.

Please contact us if you need help or have suggestions for further tools or data sets. We are experienced in bioinformatical data analysis, text mining, data visualization, (FAIR) research data management as well as in hosting information services.