New York Finds Its Own Covid Variants. The News Is Not Good.

In a hostile takeover of sorts, SARS-CoV-2 variants have emerged the world over, threatening progress made towards ending the Covid-19 pandemic. Certain mutations confer some variants the ability to evade vaccines, whereas others make the virus far more transmissible and more deadly. Here, we analyze the genetic makeup of another one of these shifty variants identified in New York (B.1.526). This strain, in particular, carries several well know mutations known to be troublesome and some of its very own.

The variant was first identified in late November by researchers at the California Institute of Technology Biology and Biological Engineering Division grew to account for nearly 30% of genomes sequenced from New York through mid-February 2021, as shown in the table below.

Read the full article on Forbes.

© William A. Haseltine, PhD. All Rights Reserved.