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New SARS-CoV-2 variant: XE recombinant

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  • April 4, 2022
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New SARS-CoV-2 variant: XE recombinant

Part of: Prelims and GS II – Health

Context: The World Health Organization (WHO) has flagged the emergence of a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the XE recombinant, in the United Kingdom, and with a possibly higher rate of transmission.

  • A recombinant variant occurs when an individual becomes infected with two or more variants at the same time, leading to a mixing of genetic material in the human body.
  • Several such recombinants have emerged in the past during the pandemic.

News Source: TH

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