A new publication on the evolution of Coronavirus in Nigeria shows that differences in the virus genome are not an explanation for the mild COVID-19 outcome in Nigeria.
In the article, 'Phylogenetic and Genome-wide Mutational Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Strains Circulating in Nigeria: No Implications for Attenuated COVID-19 Outcomes', NES Professor Malachy Ifeanyi Okeke and Alumnus Daniel Kolawole mapped the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 circulating in Nigeria, demonstrating multiple but unrelated introductions of the virus to Nigeria from Asia, Europe, and Africa.
The study concluded that differences in SARS-CoV-2 genomes are not a credible explanation for the low rate of COVID-19 occurrence in Nigeria.
The article is published in Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives (2020 Scopus CiteScore: 3.6), a Scopus, Pubmed, and DOAJ indexed journal. Alumnus Daniel Kolawole, who graduated with a first-class honors degree from the Natural and Environmental Sciences program, is the first author; Professor Okeke is the lead/corresponding author.
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