However, as this is a very small size, experts say it cannot be considered as an indication of spread of the mutated virus.
Some variants can escape naturally induced immunity, vaccine manufacturers will need to develop better vaccines to cover these new variants.
If a variant with a mutated spike protein crops up that the original vaccine can’t recognize, companies would swap out that piece of genetic code for a better match.
They believe there is a risk that SARS-CoV-2 may mutate in ways that will render current vaccines less effective or even become ineffective.
No proof Indian COVID-19 vaccines effective against South Africa, Brazilian variants, says researchers
Covaxin may offer protection against the new mutants because it protects against the whole virus while Covishield is targeted at only one protein of the virus.
Vaccines offer the body’s immune system a glimpse of the virus, and then the immune system builds a broad attack.
Instead of addressing genetic mutations, the CRISPR-Cas9 technology appeared to wreak genetic havoc in about half the specimens that the researchers examined
The study found that instead of the mutation being fixed, the chromosome carrying the mutation is gone which is a change that likely dooms the embryo.
Malaysia detects four new cases with Coronavirus mutation strain 10 times more infectious than the original
The mutation has increased the number of "spikes" on the coronavirus which in turn significantly increases it ability to infect human cells.
People with the Neanderthal variant of the gene were found to experience 'pain more often than those who did not'.
COVID-19 spread may hasten during winter, suggest Indian scientists, as study shows high caseload in colder regions
Biochemists Dr Chandi Mandal and Dr Mahaveer Singh Panwar concluded that cold environment may be an additional risk factor for SARS-CoV-2 infection
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Previous studies have shown that mutations (change in the structure) in the Breast Cancer (BRCA) genes in men can increase the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and other cancers
Scientists have so far reported 6,822 mutations of SARS-CoV-2 virus globally, out of which 300 have shown to repeat themselves in different patients.
Coronavirus in northeast China is mutating and people are taking longer to recover from the infection
Patients in the northeast also rarely exhibited fever and tended to suffer damage to the lungs rather than across multiple organs.
It is important to study virus mutations because it can acquire a new function and may become more infectious or more virulent
Researchers believe analysing Coronavirus' genome could help trace and stop a second wave of infections
COVID-19 genome consists of a single, short strand of RNA that the virus uses to hijack its host’s cellular machinery and make copies of itself.
In spite of many viruses existing in animal hosts, it is rare for spillovers to happen since many factors need to align at the right time.
Taking the medication twice daily, one of the trial's subjects has survived 2.5 years and is leading a normal life.
The swine flu strain that has killed more than 1,200 people in India since December has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous.