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expert reaction to preprint on mutation of Sars-CoV-2

A preprint, an unpublished, not peer-reviewed report posted on bioRxiv, looks at the mutation of Sars-CoV-2.


Dr Jonathan Stoye, Head of Division of Virology, The Francis Crick Institute, said:

“This is a fascinating story of SARS-CoV-2 evolution employing tools honed in the analysis of two completely different viruses, HIV-1 and influenza.  Although the functional significance of the changes observed have yet to be fully characterised, the study shows that SARS-CoV-2 can alter its genetic structure in multiple ways as it spreads around the world, a finding likely to have important implications for vaccine development.”


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