Report – Scientists are trying to better understand the mutation mechanisms of Sars-CoV-2.
In the Institute Pastor on the fourth floor of the Andre-Lvof building, b.R. Oliver Schwartz heads the twenty-man anti-virus and immunization division. He restructured his operation towards SARS-Cowie-2 after a long period of work on the AIDS virus, including an old model painted purple in his office.
At present, his team is trying to better understand the English variant or B.1.1.7., Which now dominates France. “We know that the British variant is highly contagious from an epidemiological point of view, but there is not much information about the molecular and cellular mechanisms that explain this behavior.”, Fr.R. Swartz.
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Like other international teams, Pastor is exploring different hypotheses of its high prevalence: it takes less virus to infect a person. A mutation carried by the spleen (small “peaks” that twist the corona virus) increases its affinity for the receptor ACE-2.
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