Deltacron may not be a real variation, but rather a product of contamination, according to virologist Tom Peacock, who sparked controversy on social media. According to reports, a researcher in Cyprus found a coronavirus strain known as Deltacron, which combines the Delta and Omicron variants.
At a time when the globe is grappling with Omicron, the most recent variation of SARS-CoV-2, revelations of this ostensibly new strain have sparked new fears.
Many experts opined that Deltacron is not a true variation as the hashtag trended on social media.
So far, here’s what we know:
- The strain was named ‘Deltacron’ by Leondios Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus.
According to reports, the strain’s Delta genomes have Omicron-like genetic fingerprints.
- According to Bloomberg, 25 cases of Deltacron have been discovered thus far.
Much is unknown about this strain or these instances.
3. “We will see in the end if this strain is more neurotic or more communicable or if it will dominate,” Kostrikis said in an interview..
- On January 7, the sequences of the 25 Deltacron cases were transmitted to GISAID, an international database that records viral alterations.
- On social media, virologist Tom Peacock speculated that Deltacron may not be a true variation, but rather a product of contamination.
“Contamination isn’t uncommon when novel variations come through sequencing labs (very very little quantities of liquid may do this) – only that these quite visibly polluted sequences aren’t normally highlighted by big media outlets,” he noted.
“Recombinants are obviously worth keeping a watch on and very certainly will be discovered someday,” he added. “However, this specific occurrence is probably certainly contamination.”
The Deltacron Variant of Cyprus
- Instead of a variation, physician-scientist Eric Topol dubbed Deltacron a’scariant.’
He tweeted, “New subtype of’scariant’ that isn’t even a true variety but unnecessarily terrifies a lot of people.
It’s worth noting that Deltacron isn’t a real name.
Previously, the term Delmicron was used to describe a mixture of Delta and Omicron.
These are not the WHO’s official names.
These aren’t officially recognised versions either.
IHU is a novel variation that has been identified recently, in addition to Omicron.
In November, Omicron and IHU were discovered for the first time.
IHU remained a minor variation, whereas Omicron became the dominant one.
Florona, which is thought to be a twofold infection of corona, was recently discovered in Israel.