Why not worry about the suspected 'deltacron' variant
Global health experts are casting doubt on reports of a possible new Covid-19 mutation that appeared to be a combination of the delta and omicron variants, dubbed "deltacron", saying it was most likely a mistake made in laboratory
Over the weekend it was reported that a researcher in Cyprus had discovered the new possible variant. Bloomberg News reported on Saturday that Leondios Kostrikis, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, had called the species "deltacron" because of its omicron-like genetic signatures within the delta genomes.
Kostrikis and his team said they had found 25 cases of the mutation, adding that at the time it was too early to say if there were more cases of the new type visible or what impact it might have.
Deltacron 'not real'
Some experts have since cast doubt on the findings, with a World Health Organization official posting on Twitter on Sunday that "deltacron," which was on trend on the social media platform over the weekend, "is not real."
WHO expert Covid Dr. Krutika Kuppalli said on Twitter that, in this case, there had likely been a "laboratory contamination of Omicron fragments in a Delta specimen".
Other scientists have agreed that the findings may be the result of a laboratory error.
Fatima Tokhmafshan, a geneticist at the McGill University Health Center Research Institute in Montreal, tweeted that "this is NOT a recombinant but rather laboratory pollution.