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Monkeypox mutations make it spread faster, Indian American researchers find

The findings could help in developing modified versions of existing drugs or the development of new drugs that account for the current mutations to increase their effectiveness.

Monkeypox Virus. Image: WHO

A team of Indian American researchers from the University of Missouri have found that Monkeypox mutations have enabled the virus to become more virulent and evade the effects of antiviral drugs and vaccines.

Kamlendra Singh, a professor in the MU College of Veterinary Medicine and Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center principal investigator, along with Shrikesh Sachdev, Shree Lekha Kandasamy and Hickman High School student Saathvik Kannan, studied the strains of the virus from the 1960s, when it was first discovered to the recent cases of 2022.

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