I have made a short, animated explainer about the Omicron variant and how if diverges from the Delta (and other) variants of SARS-CoV-2. Watch it here. The data for the World map is from GISAID (www.gisaid.org), whereas all other information is from the research papers listed at the end as references.
WHY is it painful to eat strong chili peppers? Chili peppers contain the compound CAPSAICINE, which binds to a receptor named TRPV1 in nerve cells. This receptor is not only activated by capsaicine, but also by heat (temperatures about 43° C). Our sensory system is thus tricked to think that we eat or drink something […]