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The Delta Variant In The Chattanooga Area And Beyond

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Athena Esoterix

Here in the Chattanooga area, Athena Esoterix is testing during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The recently-created lab is run by the scientists who last year - while at the Baylor School - tracked the initial spread of the coronavirus and emerging variants in our region.

I spoke with Dr. Elizabeth Forrester - one of the lab’s founders and its technical director - about the Delta variant.


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