The Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology has reportedly detected a mutated variant of the coronavirus in Indonesia that is deemed more infectious than the original strain found in Wuhan, China.
The mutation, widely known as the D614G mutation, has been found in eight of 22 whole genome sequences reported in Indonesia, Eijkman Institute chairman Amin Soebandrio told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
He added that researchers had yet to estimate the percentage of infected people carrying the mutated variant, but Amin believes the mutated strain had been spread to most patients in the country.
“Currently, D614G accounts for nearly 40 percent of the genomes reported in Indonesia, but if we analyze more samples, we might come up with clearer information,” said Amin.
The researcher added that the mutated virus was 10 times more transferrable from cell to cell than the original strain found in China. That conclusion, however, was so far limited to cells in laboratory cultures.
“More studies are necessary to know whether this also occurs in humans.”
Amin also said more studies were needed to…
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