What is Deltacron? Scientists in Cyprus 'identify' cross between Delta and Omicron

Scientists in Cyprus claim to have discovered a new strain of Covid-19 called “Deltacron,” a variant of Covid-19 that shares similarities between Delta and Omicron.

Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus and head of the Biotechnology and Molecular Virology Laboratory, raised the alarm after seeing patients “co-infected” with Delta and Omicron.

The professor said, “We’ll see in the future if this strain is pathological, more contagious, or if it will prevail.”

Viruses can combine to form a new variant when a person is infected with two strains of coronavirus.

This is likely from two different sources, but around the same time.

While the body is fighting both, the two strains can meet and form a rare mutation.

What is Deltacron?

Despite the widespread panic the Deltacron trend sparked on Twitter, many scholars have tried to allay fears of a frightening new variant coming from Cyprus.

Kostrikis told Bloomberg in a statement that its results “indicate evolutionary pressures on an ancestral tribe to acquire these mutations rather than a single recombination event,” but others have claimed that Deltacron is the result of laboratory contamination.

This means that its results may be the result of human error.

Nick Loman, a professor of microbial genomics at the University of Birmingham, has supported this theory, saying Deltacron is likely an “engineering artifact”.

However, samples appear to have been sent to more than one country for analysis.

A sequence sent to Israel had genetic traits from Deltacron, Kostrikis said.

“These results refute the undocumented statements that Deltacron is the result of a technical error,” claimed Kostrikis.

However, if these samples were already contaminated at the time of shipment, the results will be null and void.

The Cypriot Health Minister Michael Hadjipantela has not yet made the new “variant” worrying and updates would be made available if anything should change.

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