Genomic sequencing: Researchers identify omicron and others as:

With Andre Hudson, Rochester Institute of Technology and Crista Wadsworth, Rochester Institute of Technology How do scientists detect new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19? A process called response DNA sequencing. Researchers sequence DNA to determine the order of the four chemical building blocks, or nucleotides, which consists of: adenine, thymine, cytosine and guanine. …

How Effective Are Vaccines Against Omicron? An Epidemiologist Answers

With melissa hawkins, American University The pandemic has brought a lot of difficult terms and ideas from epidemiology to everyone’s life. Two particularly complex concepts are vaccines. activity and activity. These are not the same thing. And as time goes on and new variants like the omicron emerge, they change too. Melissa Hawkins is a …

How Scientists Can Update Coronavirus Vaccines for Omicron A

By Deborah Fuller, University of Washington If the omicron variant of the coronavirus is sufficiently different from the original variant, it is likely that current vaccines will not be as effective as before. If so, companies will need to update their vaccines to better fight omicron. Deborah Fuller a microbiologist working on mRNA and DNA …

Omicron: Why Did WHO Designate It as a Variant of Concern?

By Ed Feil, University of Bath World Health Organization (WHO) announced The B.1.1.529 strain of Sars-CoV-2, thought to have originated in South Africa, will be identified as a variant of anxiety (VoC) named omicron. This decision is already wide shift priorities in global pandemic management. WHO recommended, among other things, to increase surveillance, in particular …