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MOSTLY MICROBES AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Welcome to Mostly Microbes and Infectious Diseases. David Ojcius posts newspaper and journal articles in the broad field of microbiology.

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How the ‘Alpha’ Coronavirus Variant Became So Powerful

#COVID19 #coronavirus #Alpha A new study suggests how the variant first identified in Britain hides from the human immune system. Its stealth may be part of its success. In December, British researchers discovered that a new variant was sweeping through their country. When it arrived in other countries, the variant, now known as Alpha, tended to become more common in its new homes as well. By April, it had become the dominant variant in the United States, and it has remained

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