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Thu Feb 3, 2022, 09:55 PM

 

In New York City Sewage, a Mysterious Coronavirus Signal

Source: New York Times

Last January, a team of researchers searching for the coronavirus in New York City’s wastewater spotted something strange in their samples. The viral fragments they found had a unique constellation of mutations that had never been reported before in human patients — a potential sign of a new, previously undetected variant.

For the past year, these oddball sequences, or what the scientists call “cryptic lineages,” have continued to pop up in the city’s wastewater.

There is no evidence that the lineages, which have been circulating for at least a year without overtaking Delta or Omicron, pose an elevated health risk to humans. But the researchers, whose findings were published in Nature Communications on Thursday, still have no idea where they came from.

“At this point, what we can say is that we haven’t found the cryptic lineages in human databases, and we have looked all over,” said Monica Trujillo, a microbiologist at Queensborough Community College and an author of the new paper.

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Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/03/health/coronavirus-wastewater-new-york.html



Fascinating science story.

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greenjar_01 Feb 2022 OP
Effete Snob Feb 2022 #1
Hassin Bin Sober Feb 2022 #2
RandySF Feb 2022 #3
Berlin Expat Feb 2022 #4
Bernardo de La Paz Feb 2022 #9
IbogaProject Feb 2022 #5
NurseJackie Feb 2022 #8
NBachers Feb 2022 #6
milestogo Feb 2022 #10
greenjar_01 Feb 2022 #11
littlemissmartypants Feb 2022 #7

Response to greenjar_01 (Original post)

Thu Feb 3, 2022, 10:07 PM

1. Humans aren't the only toilet users in NYC


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Response to greenjar_01 (Original post)

Thu Feb 3, 2022, 10:18 PM

2. It's only a matter of time...

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 3, 2022, 10:20 PM

3. OMG I don't know how many times I saw this as a teen.

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Response to RandySF (Reply #3)

Thu Feb 3, 2022, 11:11 PM

4. C.H.U.D. was a video store

staple in the mid-to-late 1980s. I saw it a few times myself.

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Response to Hassin Bin Sober (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 4, 2022, 06:16 AM

9. Animated gifs make reading and responding to threads an ugly chore. A momentary thrill for poster.nt

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Response to IbogaProject (Reply #5)

Fri Feb 4, 2022, 06:03 AM

8. I never saw the sequel.

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Response to greenjar_01 (Original post)

Fri Feb 4, 2022, 04:14 AM

6. I've got to wonder if the mixture of viruses in the sewer system parties down and entangles together

Or don't they do stuff like that?

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Response to NBachers (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 4, 2022, 08:23 AM

10. No, they always need a host.

But there are probably hosts in the sewer. If white-tailed deer can carry the virus, maybe sewer rats can too.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 4, 2022, 09:29 AM

11. It's covered in the story

 

Rodents have not been particularly strong hosts and the rat theory has some flaws, but it's certainly a possibility.

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Response to greenjar_01 (Original post)

Fri Feb 4, 2022, 04:37 AM

7. Very interesting. I learned, among other things, that

Cats can have the virus and spread it to other animals. I also learned that among a variety of mammals found in NYC, skunks live there.

Thanks for sharing this, greenjar_01.

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