Researchers identify 24 novel coronaviruses in bats

2021-06-16

One of 24 novel coronaviruses identified in bats in southwestern China differs from SARS-CoV-2 only in parts of the DNA encoding the spike protein, and three others are also genetically similar to the SARS coronavirus, researchers reported in Cell. Coronaviruses can infect a wide variety of animals other than humans, and the study "highlights the remarkable diversity of bat coronaviruses at the local scale, including close relatives of both SARS-CoV-2 and SARS-CoV," the researchers wrote.

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