An international team of researchers has discovered a new mutation of coronavirus G614, which is spreading faster than conventional forms Covid-19. It is reported by CNN, citing a study published in the journal Cell.
“Our global tracking data show that the G614 option spread faster in spanovich proteins (spiky protuberances on the surface of the virus – ed.) than D614. In our understanding, this means that the virus is likely to be more contagious,” writes in its report, the biologist-theorist Bette Korber from Los Alamos national laboratory.
The mutation affects the residual protein structure, which the virus uses to penetrate cells that it infects. Now, researchers tested the ability to control the virus with a vaccine aimed at spickovy protein.
Biologists believe that the new mutation G614 almost completely replaced the first version circulated in Europe and the USA, under the name of D614.
“Until March 1, 2020 option G614 were rare outside Europe, but at the end of March the frequency of occurrence has increased worldwide,” the scientists write.
Professor of medical Oncology at the British University of Warwick Lawrence Yang believes positive news is the fact that the new version of the virus less pathogenic and tolerated by patients easier.
According to scientists, the new version of the coronavirus faster multiplies in the upper respiratory tract – nose, sinuses and throat. This is why its easier flow of patients.