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Deltacron mystery, perhaps a mistake in the laboratory


“Cypriot researchers” who in recent days launched the Deltacron alert, a variant of Covid that seemed to be a combination between Delta and Omicron, “have withdrawn the sequences they had deposited, because there is a need for further investigations”. This was underlined by Enrico Bucci, a biologist at Temple University in Philadelphia. “Why do scientists look for news agencies before their colleagues – asks the scientist on Facebook, in a post titled ‘The disappearance of Deltacron’ – when it comes to announcing results of potential social impact?”. Read also Guido Silvestri, a virologist at Emory University in Atlanta, also spoke on the topic via social media. “Deltacron appears to be a laboratory artifact, as explained by several (real) virologists in the last 48 hours”, he writes in a technical study on what he calls “the ‘sister’ variants of Omicron”, the BA.2 / B.1.1 .529.2 and BA.3 / B.1.1.529.3. “From a viral structural biology point of view – he highlights – there is no reason to think that these two sub-variants of Omicron are more pathogenic than the ‘original’ Omicron”. However, Silvestri jokes, “in order to prevent the ‘ group apocalypse “is too depressed in the face of this good news, it is considered important to specify that: we will all die anyway; no one will get out of here alive (cit); no one can exclude a priori the emergence of new and more bad variants of Sars-CoV-2 (as indeed no one can exclude a priori that an asteroid will destroy our planet in the coming months). Forgive me if today I take a little laugh – the scientist says – but I find it funny that, just as even the most funeral of funereal ones are convinced that Omicron causes a generally milder disease, psychosis starts immediately from new variants “.



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