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Researchers map genetic changes that may have facilitated SARS-CoV-2’s jump from bats to humans

January 13, 2021

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic continues to ravage the globe. To date, over 91.62 million cases and more than 1.96 million deaths have been reported worldwide.

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes COVID-19, is commonly thought to be a zoonotic disease that originated in bats and then subsequently jumped to humans. This is thought to have occurred via an as yet unidentified intermediate host that may have brought the virus to Wuhan City, China, where the pathogen was first detected in December 2019.

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