R.1 originated in Japan, and has now racked up over 10,000 entries in the GISAID SARS-CoV‑2 database, which researchers use to record genomic data.
Scientist William A. Haseltine writes in Forbes:“R.1 is a variant to watch. It has established a foothold in both Japan and the United States.
He added that it features several unique mutations that could give it advantages in “transmission, replication, and immune suppression.”
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