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UBC scientists reveal world’s first molecular-level analysis of Omicron variant’s spike protein

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Omicron’s spike protein, revealing key information about why the new variant is so resistant and infectious.Omicron has a “remarkable” 37 spike protein mutations, said the University of British Columbia’s Dr.

Sriram Subramaniam — three to five times more than any other variant during the pandemic so far.“Because of these mutations it’s very effective at evading the binding of antibodies that can neutralize and block its entry,” Subramaniam explained.“At the same time, it also retains its ability to bind effectively with the cellular receptors that take it into cells.

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