A researcher in Cyprus has discovered a strain of SARS-CoV-2 that combines the Delta and Omicron variant. Leondios Kostrikis, professor of biological sciences at the University of Cyprus, called the strain “Deltacron,” because of its Omicron-like genetic signatures within the Delta genomes.
So far, Kostrikis and his team have found 25 cases of the virus, according to the report. The researchers sent their findings this week to GISAID, an international database that tracks viruses.
It’s still too early to tell whether there are more cases of the strain or what impacts it could have.
“We will see in the future if this strain is more pathological or more contagious or if it will prevail” against the two dominant strains, Delta and Omicron, Kostrikis said in an interview Friday (Jan. 7). He believes Omicron will also overtake Deltacron, he added.