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‘The virus is always searching for its next move’: Why science is alert to new variants

The question of whether a more deadly vaccine-resistant strain could replace the dominant Delta variant is one that is keeping scientists and health officials on their toes

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‘The virus is always searching for its next move’: Why science is alert to new variants

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Oliver Barnes, Donato Paolo Mancini and John Burn-Murdoch in London Researchers who track coronavirus mutations have spent the week poring over the details of a new variant detected this month in Botswana. It is the latest in an ever-growing line of more than 1,500 recognised lineages of the Sars-Cov-2 virus to emerge since the pandemic began. In a sign of the anxiety over the threat from new variants, the UK and Israel on Thursday evening imposed travel restrictions on a group...

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