Scientists in Houston have found new mutations of the novel coronavirus, according to a new study. The study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the coronavirus also revealed that one of the mutations could make it more contagious.
However, the study posted Wednesday on the preprint server MedRxiv reported that the new mutations do not seem to make the virus deadlier or impact the clinical outcomes of the disease.
“We have given this virus a lot of chances,” James Musser, one of the authors of the study, was quoted as saying by The Washington Post. “There is a huge population size out there right now.”
David Morens, a virologist at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and who reviewed the study, told The WaPo that it is likely that the virus, as it circulates through the population, has become more transmissable, which may negatively impact the ability to control it.
“Our study is the first analysis of the molecular architecture of SARS-CoV-2 in two infection waves in a major metropolitan region,” the study abstract said.
According to the authors of the study, the findings would help them to understand the origin, composition, and trajectory of future infection waves, and the potential effect of the host immune response and therapeutic maneuvers on SARS-CoV-2 evolution.
Inputs from Times Now News.