Scientists Create New COVID Strain With 80% Kill Rate in Lab Tests
(UnitedVoice.com) – Scientists nationwide have been studying the COVID-19 virus since it began spreading. Recently, researchers in Boston announced the creation of a strain of the virus far more deadly than the Omicron variant.
Researchers at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory (NEIDL) have been studying the COVID-19 Omicron variant. They created a variant of the strain to study how it was evading immunity induced by infections from previous versions of the virus while also weakening it. The scientists engineered a new variant of Omicron by attaching its spike protein to the original virus, SARS-CoV-2.
When the researchers infected mice with the hybrid virus, 80% of the test subjects died. That compares to a 0% fatality rate for mice infected with the Omicron variant and a 100% death rate for those with SARS-CoV-2.
The hybrid consists of the omicron variant's spike protein attached to the original virus https://t.co/SHHlrb47V4
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What scientists discovered was that the mutated Omicron spike protein made it easier for the virus to dodge immunity. However, it was not ultimately responsible for making it less severe.
According to Fox News, the university released a statement stressing it was not trying to create a more dangerous strain of the virus, which killed millions worldwide. In the statement, scientists said they were not conducting “gain-of-function research” because their modification didn’t make a strain more dangerous than the original. They also said the study, which hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed, ultimately made “the virus replicate less dangerous.”
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