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Genetic make up of locally-transmitted covid-19 may have mutations, say experts


A team of researchers in Pakistan, led by Dow University of Health Sciences Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammad Saeed Qureshi, think that the genetic make up of the novel coronavirus may alter in a locally transmitted case.

The finding is not final as researchers are still studying the genome sequence of the coronavirus and the research, being conducted in coordination with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, is in its early stages. However, while examining the RNA structure of the virus contracted locally by a young boy, the researchers observed that the sequencing had slight mutations from the one that originated in Wuhan, China.

The patient, whose sample was being examined, had contracted the coronavirus locally from a person who was infected in Saudi Arabia. According to data, 15 people of the same family had contracted the disease from the same person, which indicates that the local spread of the virus is extremely fast.

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