A healthcare employee goes out of a COVID-19 testing website in Dayton, Ohio.
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One of these variants, dubbed the “Columbus stress,” has three gene anomalies that have not previously been seen together in SARS-CoV-2, the infection that causes COVID-19, according to a statement from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical.
” This new Columbus strain has the exact same genetic foundation as earlier cases we have actually studied, but these 3 mutations represent a substantial evolution,” research study leader Dr. Dan Jones, vice chair of the division of molecular pathology at they Wexner Medical Center, said in the declaration.
Like other coronavirus variations found around the world, including the U.K. variant, the mutations in the Columbus pressure take place in the infection’s “spike protein,” which enables the infection to get in cells.