Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Consortium research scientist Bette Korber and a team of scientists from the United States and England have conducted research discovering that a new coronavirus mutation may possibly make the virus more contagious.
This mutation is labeled Spike D614G, and has been replacing the original Wuhan form of the virus. It has been spreading rapidly around the globe and is known to have been spreading in Europe since early February.
Keep in mind that this study is not yet peer reviewed, and that more research needs to be done before coming to conclusive evidence. The study has been published on the biology research platform bioRxiv. This online platform is a free online archive and distribution service for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. By posting preprints on bioRxiv, authors are able to make their findings immediately available to the scientific community and receive feedback on draft manuscripts before they are submitted to journals.
Although findings show that the mutation may make the virus more contagious, there is no evidence that the mutation leads to more hospitalizations or deaths. It is possible however, that this mutation may make the pandemic harder to control.
Dr. Korber has been focusing on the Spike D614G mutation in her current research on coronavirus vaccine strategies and antibody-based therapeutics.
To read the entire article by Paul Shindman, see the World Israel News article: Report: coronavirus mutation may make it more contagious
More on this in the news:
New York Magazine article: More Contagious Form of the Coronavirus ‘Rapidly Emerging’ As Dominant Strain, Study Says
Los Angeles Times article: Scientists say a now-dominant strain of the coronavirus could be more contagious than original
Albuquerque Journal: LANL team studies new virus strain
Physician’s Weekly: Covid-19: Does Mutation Increase SARS-CoV-2 Transmissibility?
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Article by Carrie Talus