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Spread of minority SARS-CoV-2 variants in New York City – News-Medical.Net

Viruses mutate to survive. But not all mutations are beneficial to the virus. On the other hand, some mutations such as N501Y and E484K on the spike protein propelled…

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Viruses mutate to survive. But not all mutations are beneficial to the virus. On the other hand, some mutations such as N501Y and E484K on the spike protein propelled specific severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants to ‘variant of concern’ status, due to their ability to increase transmission and weaken the response of neutralizing antibodies.
But some SARS-CoV-2 viruses with nonlethal or unhelpful mutation continue to circulate. New research characterized the ‘minority…

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