Coronavirus mutation may have made virus more contagious: report
Scientists are trying to understand a mutation of the novel coronavirus seen around the globe that some believe could make the virus more contagious, according to a report.
The mutation of the coronavirus, officially designated D614G or “G” for short has been found to affect the virus’s spike protein, which is a structure that allows it to enter human cells. The more effective the spike protein, the easier it can enter a host’s body.
Research has suggested that the mutation, which changes amino acid 614 from “D” (aspartic acid) to “G” (glycine) might make the spike protein more effective, which enhances the virus’s infectiousness, according to the Washington Post.
Researchers have found that out of the roughly 50,000 genomes of the new virus uploaded to a shared database, about 70 percent carried the mutation.
“The epidemiological study and our data together really explain why the [G variant’s] spread …continued .
[Source: Fox News]