Named the main difference between the SARS-CoV-2 mutation and other viruses

It is now known that a new type of coronavirus accumulates mutations at almost the same rate.

influenza virus. But how they appear and affect the genome of the virus remains unknown. All theories raise questions and lead to fierce discussions.

In a new study, biologists ledProfessors Dominik Kwiatkowski from the Senger Institute have carefully studied how mutations accumulate in the coronavirus genome. The researchers managed to decipher the RNA structure of several thousand SARS-CoV-2 particles and compare them with each other. Scientists have observed how the new type of coronavirus changes during transmission from person to person, and also found out whether it changes during the development of infection in the body of one individual.

Analysis showed that the virus mutates from about onethe same speed, both in "external" transmission, and in the human body. Scientists also found that mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 genome for the most part do not arise from random errors during copying. This is typical of most known viruses. When it comes to a new type of coronavirus, the accumulation of mutations occurs as a result of damage or improper editing of an already prepared copy of the RNA of the virus.

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