Viviane Fischer 1:18:56
Could it be that the Delta variant sort of is that just the differences, you know that the clinical symptoms are the same, but that it has the, you know, the capability of like, infecting someone who’s already gone through variant B?
Dr David Martin 1:19:14
Well, so this is where we see an enormous amount of response and reflexive behaviour to media hype. There is no, and I’m going to repeat this, there is no evidence that the Delta variant is somehow distinct from anything else on GISAID. The fact that we are now looking for a thing doesn’t mean that it is a thing because we are looking at fragments of things. And the fact is that if we choose any fragment I could come up with, you know, I could come up with variant Omega tomorrow. And I could come up with variant Omega and I could say I’m looking for this sub strand of either DNA or RNA, or even a protein. And I could run around the world going, “oh, my gosh, fear the Omega variant”.
Prof Martin Schwab 1:20:15
Dr David Martin 1:20:16
And the problem is that because of the nature of the way in which we currently sequence genomes, which is actually a compositing process, it’s what we call in mathematics and interleaving. We don’t have any point of reference to actually know whether or not the thing we’re looking at is, in fact, distinct from either clinical or even genomic sense. And so we’re trapped in a world where unfortunately, if you go and look as I have at the papers that isolated the Delta variant, and actually ask the question, is the Delta variant anything other than the selection of a sequence in a systematic shift of an already disclosed other sequence? The answer is, it’s just an alteration, and when you start and stop what you call the reading frame. There is no novel anything. Yes, well,