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What makes viruses like the flu and covid so tolerant of mutations compared to most other viruses?

This is actually a far more complex question than it might seem on the surface. It's something that has been noted for quite some time by virologists - and it isn't just RNA viruses that do this. ...
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What makes viruses like the flu and covid so tolerant of mutations compared to most other viruses?

One consideration is that influenza viruses and coronaviruses are RNA viruses. While DNA viruses are generally dependent on the host's replicative enzymes, which have evolved low error rates for host ...
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