Tag: variant

‘Homegrown’ California coronavirus variant is more contagious and possibly deadlier

Scientists in California are increasingly worried about the state’s “homegrown” coronavirus variant, with studies now showing that the variant is more transmissible than earlier strains and may be more resistant to current vaccines, according to news reports. The variant, known as B.1.427/B.1.429, first emerged in California last spring but didn’t show up on scientists’ radar […]

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A Genetic Variant You May Have Inherited From Neanderthals Reduces the Risk of Severe COVID-19

New research has found that a group of genes that reduces the risk of developing severe COVID-19 by around 20% is inherited from Neanderthals. Credit: Bjorn Oberg, Karolinska Institutet DNA variants passed on to modern humans from Neanderthals can increase as well as decrease our ability to fight SARS-CoV-2, a new PNAS study finds. New […]

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Another new coronavirus variant now detected in 13 countries

A new coronavirus variant has been detected in the U.K., Nigeria and 11 other countries, including the U.S., according to a report by researchers at the University of Edinburgh.  The variant, dubbed B.1.125, contains a mutation in the virus’s spike protein, which allows it to bind to and enter human cells. Scientists worry that because […]

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