Deltacron could be the result of a laboratory error

(ORDO NEWS) — No combination of strains could be identified. As for the find of the Cypriot scientists, most likely they were simply mistaken.

The World Health Organization has ruled out the likelihood of a new hybrid strain “deltacron” appearing in the world. The corresponding statement was made on Twitter by the head of the WHO technical group Maria Van Kerkhove.

According to her, no combination of strains could be identified. As for the find of the Cypriot scientists, most likely they were simply mistaken.

So, a sample of infected tissue could be contaminated or an error crept in during laboratory sequencing.

Earlier the other day it was reported that a new variant of the coronavirus – a hybrid of the omicron and delta strains – was discovered in Cyprus by scientists from the laboratory of biotechnology and molecular virology at the University of Cyprus. Experts named it “deltacron”.

The head of the laboratory of biotechnology and molecular virology at the University of Cyprus, Leontios Kostrikis, said that the new variant of the coronavirus has a genetic basis like that of the delta strain, but at the same time its mutations are the same as that of the omicron.

However, rather quickly, the scientific community began to feel skepticism about the new strain.

For example, Rospotrebnadzor did not believe the Cypriots, and their conclusions were considered premature.

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