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Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 #coronavirus in domestic cats may have accelerated the fixation of S H655Y

Animals, Coronavirus, H655Y, Health, Mutation, Reservoir, Science, Testing, Transmission, Variants

Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in cats involved a narrow bottleneck, with new infections founded by fewer than ten viruses. Our data suggest that here, positive selection in index cats followed by a narrow transmission bottleneck may have instead accelerated the fixation of S H655Y, a potentially beneficial SARS-CoV-2 variant. Overall, our study suggests species- and context-specific adaptations are likely to continue to emerge.

BiorXiv preprint

 

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