In Silico Design of Specific Primer Sets for the Detection of B.1.1.529 SARS-CoV-2 Variant of Concern (Omicron)

Mauro Petrillo, Maddalena Querci, Philippe Corbisier, Antonio Marchini, Gerhard Buttinger & Guy Van den Eede
On 26 November 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified variant B.1.1.529, reported earlier by the South African authorities as “Variant of Concern” with the name Omicron. The decision was taken because Omicron is bearing a number of mutations with a potential impact on its transmissibility, severity of disease following infection, as well as on the effectiveness of immune protection resulting from both vaccines and natural infection. In this paper, we present an in silico...
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