Deletions in the antigenic regions in SARS-CoV-2 increase transmission and immune evasion ability

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A recent study published in the journal Scientific Reports examined the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) whole genome data to determine the deletion mutations around the spike protein region associated with increased transmission of the virus and identified an increase in the deletion-prone spike protein regions indicating an evolution strategy for immune escape.

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