The researchers also found that a small genetic element – known as a diversity-generating retroelement – was able to accelerate mutation of a specific part of the virus’s own genome.
Dr Paul added: ‘The target of guided mutation–the tips of the virus that make first contact when infecting a cell–is similar.
‘But the ability to mutate those tips is an offensive countermeasure against the cell’s defenses, a move that resembles a molecular arms race.’
Note: It seems the “novel” virus creators have a new genome to play with. The CDC will need to update their pathogen list soon.
Crazy scientists, lets go and bring up a resilient virus to play around with.