The monkeypox lineage behind the current global outbreak is believed to have far more mutations than expected, according to a new study published in Nature Medicine.
In fact, a team of scientists from Portugal say the virus seems to have undergone "accelerated evolution" and adaptation during human-to-human transmission during the outbreak.
Mutations refer to individual changes in the virus' genetic code. Often, mutations of the virus will not bear any significant implications on its ability to spread or cause disease. However, these 50 new mutations may make the monkeypox virus more infectious, the scientists suggest.