A newly identified variant of the coronavirus that appears to be carrying potentially troubling mutations has been discovered in the U.S. and other countries, including the U.K., Denmark and Nigeria.
The variant, B.1.525, has so far been detected through genome sequencing in 10 countries, according to a University of Edinburgh report published Monday. Some 38 cases were found in the U.K., in samples that date back to December, prompting concern because it carries a number of mutations, including one that is also present in variants that emerged in South Africa and Brazil.
The mutation, known as E484K, is thought to help the
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