Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus

NEW YORK: The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus – possibly one that causes the common cold – present in the same infected cells, according to researchers. This genetic sequence does not appear in any earlier versions of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, but is … Continue reading Omicron variant may have picked up a piece of common-cold virus