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Preprint: generation and transmission of recombinant SARS-CoV-2 viruses

B.1.1.7, Coronavirus, Genome, Infection, Recombination, Testing, Transmission, Variants

We present evidence for multiple independent origins of recombinant SARS-CoV-2 viruses sampled from late 2020 and early 2021 in the United Kingdom. Their genomes carry single nucleotide polymorphisms and deletions that are characteristic of the B.1.1.7 variant of concern, but lack the full complement of lineage-defining mutations. Instead, the remainder of their genomes share contiguous genetic variation with non-B.1.1.7 viruses circulating in the same geographic area at the same time as the recombinants. article




** This post was originally published on August 18, 2021 **