How Coronavirus Mutations Arise and New Variants Emerge

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Maki Naro is an award-winning feral cartoonist and science communicator. You can reliably find him online, where he tweets from the handle @sciencecomic

Diana Kwon is a freelance science journalist based in Berlin, Germany. She primarily covers the life sciences and health, and her work has appeared in Scientific AmericanThe ScientistNatureKnowable Magazine and many other publications.

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