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Research teams around the world are studying mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus to discover whether it’s becoming more deadly and contagious. The mutations happen slowly, as is typical for coronaviruses. Since most humans are not yet immune to it, scientists think the virus is not currently threatened enough to evolve other than by chance. Researchers hope to pinpoint better ways to attack the virus with antibodies and vaccines, before it adapts and mutates in more concerning ways.
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Ewen Callaway is a London-based writer for Nature.
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