Omicron possibly more infectious because it shares genetic code with common cold coronavirus, study says

Omicron possibly more infectious because it shares genetic code with common cold coronavirus, study says

12/4/2021 9:38:00 PM

Omicron possibly more infectious because it shares genetic code with common cold coronavirus, study says

As a virus evolves to become more transmissible, it generally “loses” traits that are likely to cause severe disease, researchers said.

Researchers from Nference, a Cambridge, Mass.-based firm that analyzes biomedical information, sequenced omicron and found a snippet of genetic code that is also present in a virus that can bring about a cold. They say this particular mutation could have occurred in a host simultaneously infected by SARS-CoV-2, also known as the novel coronavirus, and the HCoV-229E coronavirus, which can cause the common cold. The shared genetic code with HCoV-229E has not been detected in other novel coronavirus variants, the scientists said.

The study is in preprint and has not been peer-reviewed.AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe “striking” similarity between omicron and HCoV-229E could have made the former “more accustomed to human hosts” and likely to evade some immune system responses, said Venky Soundararajan, a biological engineer who co-wrote the study.

“By virtue of omicron adopting this insertion … it is essentially taking a leaf out of the seasonal coronaviruses’ page, which [explains] … how it lives and transmits more efficiently with human beings,” he said.Researchershave established that SARS-CoV-2, which is responsible for the disease known as covid-19, can infect patients who are also afflicted by other coronaviruses. Cells in lungs and gastrointestinal systems could host both types of viruses, said Soundararajan, possibly leading to an exchange in genetic material. headtopics.com

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This article states Omicron has acquired a gene found in humans & HIV too. Wouldn't it be more professional, better journalism, to include info to put it in better perspective? Why put common cold virus in headline yet not the other 2 possible sources? Lol. Covid is turning into a cold and we’re still shitting the world down. We need some actual leaders out there not Fauci who gains power the worse the pandemic seems.

how am i supposed to take your writers seriously when they write hate pieces full of outdated and cherrypicked information? As a virus evolves to become more transmissible, it generally “loses” traits that are likely to cause severe disease, researchers said

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