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How British Scientists Found the More Infectious Coronavirus Variant – The New York Times

Back in March, researchers decided to routinely record the genetic sequences of the virus they found, giving them a powerful tool for tracking mutations.

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I was not expecting anything like this, Dr. Gupta said. Back at the end of November, it was all about vaccine hope, and there was no whiff of new variants coming along.
The number of mutations on the spike protein particularly rattled him, he said, calling it a Wow moment.
At the same time, Englands public health experts were puzzling over an unexplained outbreak of coronavirus cases. A lockdown had tempered the virus across England, but not in Kent, a county of London commuters and fruit orchards…

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