Covid LIVE: UK scientists issue urgent 'Deltacron' update – fears of deadly new mutation

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The new ‘deltacron’ variant identified in Cyprus is most likely not real, according to Dr Simon Clarke, associate professor in cellular microbiology at the University of Reading. 

Instead, the frightening new find looks like a contamination of an Omicron and Delta sample. 

Dr Clarke, told the Telegraph: “It’s perfectly possible for different versions of the virus that causes COVID-19 to combine sections of their genetic material, creating a recombinant, which is a genetic mosaic of the different variants with with altered characteristics, but they contain a number of telltale signs and ‘deltacron’ just doesn’t have any.

“Instead, its proposed genetic code looks more like what would happen if you contaminated one sample with another.

“That could have happened at any point between sampling and sequencing in the laboratory and I strongly suspect this is what has happened.

“New variants will continue to come along, but I don’t think this is one.”



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