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Just in case you thought Covid wasn’t bad or dangerous enough, Boston University is working to increase its lethality.
In its latest defense of gain of function research, the university claims it is not that dangerous.
The recently identified, globally predominant SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant (BA.1) is highly transmissible
Even in fully vaccinated individuals, and causes attenuated disease compared with other major viral variants recognized to date.
We generated chimeric recombinant SARS-CoV-2 encoding the S gene of Omicron in the backbone of an ancestral SARS-CoV-2 isolate and compared this virus with the naturally circulating Omicron variant.
The Omicron S-bearing virus robustly escapes vaccine-induced humoral immunity, mainly due to mutations in the receptor binding motif (RBM),
yet unlike naturally occurring Omicron, efficiently replicates in cell lines and primary-like distal lung cells.
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