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Delta, Omicron strain combination may have of laboratory origin, - scientists

Source : 112 Ukraine

The combination of the two strains, called "Deltacron", could be the result of a laboratory error
22:50, 11 January 2022

Hong Kong Free Press

"Experts said Monday [January 10] that an alleged hybrid coronavirus mutation dubbed “Deltacron” reportedly discovered in a Cyprus lab is most likely the result of a lab contamination, and not a new worrying variant," The Times of Israel reports.

The combination of the two strains, called "Deltacron", could be the result of a laboratory error, experts say. According to scientists, coronaviruses themselves can be genetically combined, but this is rare, and in this case - unlikely.

"The Cypriot ‘Deltacron’ sequences reported by several large media outlets look to be quite clearly contamination," virologist with the infectious diseases department at Imperial College London Tom Peacock stated.

Head of the COVID-19 Genomics Initiative at Britain’s Wellcome Sanger Institute Jeffrey Barrett is convinced that probable mutations are located in a part of the genome that is vulnerable to errors in certain sequencing procedures.

"This is almost certainly not a biological recombinant of the Delta and Omicron lineages," Barrett said.

As it was reported, scientists discovered a new strain of coronavirus over the weekend in Cyprus - a hybrid of the Delta and Omicron strains, which was named "Deltacron".

Earlier, a joint Japanese-American team of scientists concluded that the Omicron coronavirus strain causes less severe disease and much less affecting the lungs than other species of Covid-19.

South African scientists have found that the coronavirus strain Omicron is associated with a lower risk of hospitalization and severe disease for infected people compared to the Delta mutation.

Related: Over 5,400 Covid-19 cases registered in Ukraine in 24 hours

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