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Massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread

Massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread

Desktop notifications are on   | Get breaking news alerts from Turn on desktop notifications? Add to list On my list Please Note The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free. Scientists in Houston on Wednesday released a study of more than 5,000 genetic sequences of the that reveals the virus’s continual accumulation of mutations, one of which may have made it more contagious. The new report, however, did not find that these mutations have made the virus deadlier or changed clinical outcomes. All viruses accumulate genetic mutations, and most...

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Two major Antarctic glaciers are tearing loose from their restraints, scientists say

Two major Antarctic glaciers are tearing loose from their restraints, scientists say

Two Antarctic glaciers that have long kept scientists awake at night are breaking free from the restraints that have hemmed them in, increasing the threat of large-scale sea-level rise.Located along the coast of the Amundsen Sea in West Antarctica, the enormous Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers already contribute around 5 percent of global sea-level rise. The survival of Thwaites has been deemed so critical that the United States and Britain have launched a targeted multimillion-dollar research mission to the glacier. The loss of the glacier could trigger the broader collapse of the West...

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