Mutations do not predict the severity of current variants

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New research from UNC Charlotte’s Center for Computational Intelligence to Predict Health and Environmental Risks (CIPHER) has found that the two most prevalent strains of the virus that cause COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 variants BA.2.86 and JN.1, are not significantly better than their predecessor Omicron at evading immune responses and causing infections despite having a high number of mutations compared to previous variants.

The authors include: Shirish Yasa (featured here), Sayal Guirales-Medrano, Denis Jacob Machado, Colby T. Ford & Daniel Janies

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