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Deltacron: could it happen for real and would it be a threat?

Researchers from the University of Cyprus last week reported a new strain of the coronavirus that appeared to be a hybrid of the Delta and Omicron variants.But doubts later emerged about the “Deltacron” hybrid – with some attributing it to data error during genome sequencing – and the sequences were withdrawn from an open-source genome information database.But should we worry about the prospect of such hybrid strains in the future?How did “Deltacron” happen and why was it ruled out?Leondios… ...

Researchers from the University of Cyprus last week reported a new strain of the coronavirus that appeared to be a hybrid of the Delta and Omicron variants.But doubts later emerged about the “Deltacron” hybrid – with some attributing it to data error during genome sequencing – and the sequences were withdrawn from an open-source genome information database.But should we worry about the prospect of such hybrid strains in the future?How did “Deltacron” happen and why was it ruled out?Leondios…

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