The worst team up in the history of team ups.
According to the New York Post, scientists in Cyprus are claiming they’ve discovered a new variant: Deltacron —the new mega virus no one asked for. Upon further examination, experts suspect that this new “variant” may be due to contamination in the lab.
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.
“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 and Omicron, he added.
“[But] Dr. Krutika Kuppalli, an infectious disease expert at the World Health Organization, argued that Deltacron is “not real” and likely due to lab contamination.”
“Okay people let’s make this a teachable moment, there is no such thing as #Deltacron,” the infectious diseases physician wrote. “#Omicron and #Delta did NOT form a super variant. This is likely sequencing artifact (lab contamination of Omicron fragments in a Delta specimen).”
“Let’s not merge names of infectious diseases and leave it to celebrity couples.”