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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - "We are cooperating to create more transmissible strains". The alert comes from virologist José Eduardo Levi, researcher of the University of São Paulo Institute of Tropical Medicine (IMT-SUP).

Levi was in charge of the December discovery of the first two cases of the British novel coronavirus variant in Latin America. The mutation features eight alterations to the Spike protein, which interacts with a human cell receptor and paves the way for the virus to invade the body and cause Covid-19.

Changes in this protein may not only affect the transmissibility of the virus . . .

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