St. Louis, Missouri 2021-01-14 11:14:00 –
Carbondale, Illinois (KMOV.com) – A new variant of the COVID-19 virus that is specific and predominant in the United States has been discovered by a team led by researchers at the University of South Illinois Carbondale.
An article detailing the findings, “The emergence and evolution of new SARS-CoV-2 variants prevalent in the United States,” was submitted to BioRxiv on Monday, January 11. According to SIU, Keith Gagneon, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the university, said work to uncover US-specific variants was revealed in his lab.
According to SIU, the earliest emergence of US variants dates back to Texas in May. Since then, mutants have been reported to have acquired two new mutations in proteins that indicate their ongoing evolution.
Other COVID-19 mutants have been found in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Gagnon said it is unclear how the newly discovered variants will affect the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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