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Should We Apply Evolutionary Theories to the Evolution of SARS-CoV-2?

Version 1 : Received: 18 April 2020 / Approved: 19 April 2020 / Online: 19 April 2020 (13:58:58 CEST)

How to cite: Feng, H. Should We Apply Evolutionary Theories to the Evolution of SARS-CoV-2?. Preprints 2020, 2020040352 Feng, H. Should We Apply Evolutionary Theories to the Evolution of SARS-CoV-2?. Preprints 2020, 2020040352

Abstract

The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2) has caused severe damage to the world. With the support of classic evolutionary theories and population genetics principles, many studies on the origin of SARS-CoV-2 have revealed encouraging results but meanwhile are still under debate. We are concerned with the validity of applying classic evolutionary theories and formula to the evolution of RNA viruses. We have raised several factors like the RNA replication feature and the RNA modification systems of the hosts, which might jeopardize the validity of the application of classic methods to analyze the SARS-CoV-2 data.

Subject Areas

SARS-CoV-2; evolution and origin; RNA virus; application; concerns

Comments (2)

Comment 1
Received: 20 April 2020
Commenter: Can Xie
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Comment: The deamination would skew the mutation landscape. You mean the SNPs are certainly overestimated. But what to extent are they overestimated? How many folds?
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Response 1 to Comment 1
Received: 21 April 2020
Commenter: Huizhi
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Comment: The last paragraph of the main text (just above the Conclusion section) may indirectly answer your question. The deamination on HIV is discussed. SARS-CoV-2 may have similar mutability.

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