Opinion: We’re sick of thinking about COVID. But here are the key questions we still need to answer
Toronto Star, May 1, 2022
A Canadian researcher points to work led by Dr. Vineet Menachery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston on the virus's nucleocapsid protein, which in animal models is a control on severity. There could be mutations happening outside of the spike protein, where the majority of mutations occur, that we have no idea what the functional consequences would be. That could make the virus potentially more transmissible, more infectious or more pathogenic. And that's really scary to think about.