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Saturday, March 28, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO " At least eight strains of the coronavirus are making their way around the globe, creating a trail of death and disease that scientists are tracking by their genetic footprints. While much is unknown, hidden in the virus's unique microscopic fragments are clues to the origins of its original strain, how it behaves as it mutates and which strains are turning into conflagrations while others are dying out thanks to quarantine measures. Huddled in once bustling and now almost empty labs, researchers who oversaw dozens of projects are instead focused on one goal: tracking the current strains of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that cause the illness COVID-19.


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#1 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2020-03-28 01:49 PM | Reply

Are strains separate populations or can they intermix? Are they distinct enough to be subspecies or not?
Do they interbreed and change again? I am curious, how much they know yet?

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-28 05:08 PM | Reply

I can't tell if you're joking. Viruses replicate.

#3 | Posted by visitor_ at 2020-03-29 10:18 AM | Reply

Meaning they use their hosts to reproduce? I'm not joking, maybe real ignorant but not joking.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-29 12:52 PM | Reply

#2 you ever heard of H1N1, H5N1, H3N2?
Different strains of the same influenza virus.

Viruses can't replicate without a host. We spread them; we make them in our own cells, they're just biological blueprints that our cells start manufacturing once they sneak in.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-29 02:19 PM | Reply

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