Biology of N501Y, A Novel U.K. Coronavirus Strain, Explained In Detail

[Updated 01/2021] On its (also called VUI-202012/01 or B.1.1.7) evolution, emergence, mutations, virulence, and transmissibility science knows so far.

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Its evolution

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Its emergence

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Credit: Assoc. Prof. Tulio De Oliveira tweet. As stated in the summary, South Africa’s 501Y.V2 coronavirus strain has 15 mutations — of which 8 occurred in the spike protein — and one deletion. In contrast, the U.K.’s B.1.1.7 (also called N501Y or VUI-202012/01) has 14 mutations (of which six occurred in the spike protein) and 3 deletions (of which 1 occurred in the spike protein). More details on the mutations are discussed below.
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Its mutations

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Its virulence

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Its transmissibility

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Its prospects

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