A study conducted by Scripps Research Institute in Florida (SRIF) revealed that the COVID-19 virus which has caused the COVID-19 pandemic may have muted. This genetic mutation indicates that the virus has developed into a more infectious and potent variant, one which is easy to permeate into human cells. 

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The SRIF laboratory research study revealed, ‘COVID-19 virus causing viral variant taking over in the United States and Europe now carries more functional, cell-binding spikes.’

A virologist at the SRIF said that the change in SARS-CoV-2 variant is the presence of D614G mutation which was initially absent in the regional outbreaks that occurred earlier.

Various medical researchers are working long hours in order to develop a vaccine to fight the monstrous virus, which has taken countless lives globally. 

Co-author Michael Farzan, Ph.D., co-chairman of the Scripps Research Department of Immunology and Microbiology said, “Over time, it has figured out how to hold on better and not fall apart until it needs to. The virus has, under selection pressure, made itself more stable.”

By Kunjan Ahluwalia