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The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 still remains a huge puzzle to scientists around the world. The only thing that is certain is that the pathogens reproduce at breakneck speed in human cells after an infection. This happens when the virus duplicates its genetic material. This is made up of one long RNA strand and it uses a kind of viral ‘photocopier’ to reproduce, otherwise known as a polymerase.

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