Researchers explain newest mutation of COVID-19 virus, how to prevent future mutations
The EVT Viral Genomics and Sequencing Lab at LSU Health Shreveport says it is the first in the state to sequence and report that a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been detected in Louisiana.
The new variant, B.1.630, was sequenced last week from two samples collected in Baton Rouge.
We spoke to Dr. Krista Queen from Shreveport, who does the sequencing to identify these mutations. The mutation this time around is found on the spike protein, which is what your body uses to detect it’s in danger and fight.
“And that helps it evade the host immune response,” Dr. Queen said. “Vaccines are still going to be effective against this variant, and this variant is no cause for concern at this point. We've only detected …
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