College of Biological Science evolutionary and genome biologist Dr. T. Ryan Gregory provided insight into new Omicron subvariants to several media outlets.
Speaking with Time magazine, Gregory explained variants have complex names so scientists can differentiate between theme but emphasized the importance of common names to improve public understanding of the viral variants.
Gregory discussed the spread of Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 globally and how to measure trends with Fortune magazine.
In another Fortune magazine article, Gregory explained why a hybrid of Delta and Omicron variants may not be worse than previous variants.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal for an article that also appeared on MSN, Gregory said it’s unclear whether the newest subvariants will take over in North America, but that they could become individually dominant.
In conversation with Ici Radio-Canada, Gregory explained why there are so many subvariants of Omicron and their potential risks.
Gregory also discussed Omicron subvariants with L’Express (France).
A professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, Gregory researches large-scale genome evolution and integrative genomics and evolutionary biology.