Preprint: Monkeypox genetic divergence and first signs of microevolution

Africa, Europe, Evolution, Genome, Healthcare, Infection, Monkeypox, Portugal, Testing, Transmission

“We have already detected the first signs of microevolution within the outbreak cluster, namely the emergence of 7 SNPs, leading to 3 descendant branches.”

The outbreak virus diverges a mean of 50 SNPs from those 2018-2019 viruses, which is far more than one would expect considering the estimated substitution rate for Orthopoxviruses.

One cannot discard the hypothesis that the divergent branch results from an evolutionary jump (leading to a hypermutated virus) caused by APOBEC3 editing.

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** This post was originally published on May 25, 2022 **