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‘Deltacron’: New Covid Variant or Laboratory Error?

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A scientist who reported the existence of a new Covid-19 variant that combines characteristics of Delta and Omicron has insisted his findings are accurate after experts dismissed them as the result of laboratory samples becoming contaminated. Dr Leonidos Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, told the Cypriot channel Sigma TV that ...

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What The Collapse Of Antarctica’s ‘Doomsday’ Glacier Could Mean For The World

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The massive Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica contains enough ice to raise global sea levels by 65cm if it were to completely collapse. And, worryingly, recent research suggests that its long-term stability is doubtful as the glacier haemorrhages more and more ice. Adding 65cm to global sea levels would have a significant coastline-changing impact. ...

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Scientists Identify Antibodies That Can Neutralise Omicron And Other Variants

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Scientists have identified antibodies that can target the unchanged parts of the novel coronavirus as it continues to mutate and evolve, an advance that could lead to new therapeutics to neutralise Omicron and other Covid-19 variants. Identifying such “broadly neutralising” antibodies on the coronavirus spike protein, which the virus uses to enter human cells, can help develop better vaccines and ...

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