Omicron made itself known to the world on Nov. 4, a warm Thursday afternoon. In Pretoria, South Africa, Alicia Vermeulen, a junior scientist at Lancet Laboratories, was going through a list of results from the day’s routine tests when she came across a strange discrepancy. The PCR test, which reacts to three telltale sites in the coronavirus genome, struck only two of these sites in one sample.
It gave Vermeulen a moment of pause. She told South Africa’s News24 that it made her curious. She knew right away that something strange was going on. She immediately informed her superiors, and Vermeulen says they decided to keep an eye on it. The next day, another sample turned up with an odd result, and by the next week, they started piling up. Vermeulen and her lab managers sounded the alarm.
The article you are reading originally appeared in German in issue 49/2021 (December 4th, 2021) of DER SPIEGEL.
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