Cyprus scientists discover ‘Deltacron’ — but other experts dispute findings

Cyprus scientists discover ‘Deltacron’ — but other experts dispute findings


Scientists in Cyprus have claimed they have discovered a COVID-19 variant that combines Delta and Omicron, dubbing it “Deltacron” – but experts quickly dismissed the claim and blamed the finding on contamination, according to reports.

Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, and his team identified 25 cases of the hybrid strain, which they named “Deltacron” due to Omicron-like markers in the Delta genomes, Bloomberg News reported.

“There are currently Omicron and Delta co-infections and we found this strain that is a combination of these two,” Kostrikis told Sigma TV, according to Bloomberg.

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“We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail” against the two top variants, Delta

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