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Thursday, December 08, 2022

Monkeypox may have an ‘accelerated evolution’, scientists say

A new study suggests that the monkeypox virus mutated at a much faster rate than would normally be expected and is likely going through a period of “accelerated evolution.”

virus, which has infected more than 3,500 people in 48 countries Since its identification outside Africa in May, dozens of new mutations may have caused the more contagious. Overall, 50 new mutations have not been seen in the virus from previous strains found from 2018 to 2019, according to a new study published June 24 in the journal. nature medicine (opens in new tab), Scientists don’t usually expect virus Like monkeypox, one or two more mutations tend to get acquired every year, the study authors noted.

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