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This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.

This coronavirus mutation has taken over the world. Scientists are trying to understand why.

Coronavirus mutation is probed by scientists

When the first coronavirus cases in Chicago appeared in January, they bore the same genetic signatures as a germ that emerged in China weeks before.

But  as Egon Ozer, an infectious-disease specialist at the Northwestern  University Feinberg School of Medicine, examined the genetic structure  of virus samples from local patients, he noticed something different.

A  change in the virus was appearing again and again. This mutation,  associated with outbreaks in Europe and New York, eventually took over  the city. By May, it was found in 95 percent of all the genomes Ozer  sequenced.

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