Can SARS-CoV-2 Insert its Genes Into Our Cells?

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You’ve heard this one circulating. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, can insert its genetic material permanently into your cells. Some people are even saying the mRNA vaccines do this.

So, let’s take a look at viral integration, how it works, and whether we need to worry about it.

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