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These ‘Silent’ Mutations May Give Covid-19 Coronavirus An Evolutionary Advantage – Forbes

Silent mutations in RNA structure and folding may have provided SARS-CoV-2 with an evolutionary edge as it jumped to humans.




Coronavirus. COVID-19. 3D Render
Its evident that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, existed in a benign way in bats and other wildlife populations before it jumped to humans.
But the stability of the virus in bats and other wildlife populationsthe result of so-called silent mutationsmay also potentially help to explain its virulence, setting the stage for the current global pandemic.  
Duke researchers have now discovered a set of these silent mutations among the 30,000 …

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