Coronavirus MUTATES: New health concern as virus evolves into 'striking' new form

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Coronavirus MUTATES: New health concern as virus evolves into 'striking' new form 1

“Both point mutations and recombination promote host shift for coronaviruses.”

The researchers pointed to frequent recombinations in the genetic material of SARSr-CoV – a progenitor to the deadly SARS-CoV outbreak of 2002 to 2003.

Then, the epidemic was linked to a coronavirus strain carried by bats, which are also a potential source of the ongoing epidemic.

The researchers, however, noted the coronavirus mutations need to be further observed before any conclusions are drawn.

They said: “Due to the limited sequence release and no functional changes given at present, adaptive evolution cannot be confirmed with these changes.


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