Researchers from the University of Cyprus recently announced that they had found a new variant of the SARS-COV-2 virus, which is referred to as DeltaCron. Led by Dr. Leondios Kostrikis, the team said the virus had infected at least 25 people and contained Omicron-like genetic signatures within the Delta genomes. They renamed the virus based on these findings.
However, Kostrikis claims that the variant has more pathological properties and is more contagious. If this is true, the variant could potentially spread more quickly than omicron and delta, leading to more serious cases. While this theory seems plausible, experts have questioned Kostrikis’ findings. The findings of the COVID-19 expert are still not conclusive. The World Health Organization is currently studying the issue to determine whether or not DeltaCron is real or not.
Although CNBC claims that the new strain has the identical genetic properties as Deltacron, the fact remains that it is a different species altogether. This is the case in 21 other infections. Twenty other infections showed both delta and omicron variants, and one case had omicron and Deltacron genes. Despite the uncertainty surrounding the mutations, many scientists believe that deltacron is a real strain. This is why the variant is not officially referred to as DeltaCron.
While the World Health Organization says there is no evidence of Deltacron, it did note that some Omicron sequences show mutations in the DNA of Deltacron. But Kostrikis notes that these mutations are not unique to Omicron, but rather they are common to several different variants. Therefore, there is a possibility that Deltacron was not a real variant at all. Nonetheless, it is worth investigating the possibility that the virus isn’t the only one that had the same gene structure as Omicron.
The researchers also discovered a novel variant of SARS-CoV-2 with omicron-like mutations in the Delta genome. The new strain was subsequently named Deltacron by CNBC and was later uploaded to the Gisaid database. The news became an international sensation and became widely known. But the scientists at the Pasteur Institute and others have argued that the virus is not a real strain. This is a common myth.
The genetic evidence that revealed a unique variant of Delta was presented as evidence in CNBC. But the researchers are still unclear as to whether the mutations were real or merely contamination. In fact, some DNA sequences of Delta had omicron-like genetic signatures. But Kostrikis also argued that Deltacron was not a true mutation. It was derived from Omicron, which is a recombinant version of the virus.
Earlier, scientists had suggested that the mutations attributed to the new variant may have been contaminated by Omicron. But, this claim was rejected by Kostrikis and other researchers, as the DNA of the strain was not the original Omicron. The genetic signature of Delta was a product of contamination. The French government had previously claimed that the variant had “no known” Deltacron in its database.
The new variant has been a mystery for years. The virus’s genome has no omicron-like signatures, but it is the delta gene that was the first to be identified. The scientists believe that the genes from the original version are actually a recombinant of the two SARS variants. Interestingly, CNBC has not confirmed the origin of the gene. Its variants are still a puzzle, and researchers are trying to figure out how to make it unique.
The mutations in Deltacron are not identical to those in Omicron. This suggests that it is a hybrid between the two. The genetic sequences of these two types of the virus are quite similar. Besides, they are related, and the genetic differences are also very small. In this way, deltacron is not different from Omicron. In fact, it is not even different from Omicron. While it was not originally a distinct type of Omicron, it has similar characteristics to Omicron.
The mutations of Delta are similar to the ones of Omicron, but they are different. The Delta strain has a mutation in its spike gene that inhibits the binding of primers. Its resemblance to Omicron could have been due to the particles in the sample. As a result, the two strains may have recombined. There is no certainty yet, but the disease is spread globally.