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Timeline: Human Coronavirus Discoveries
Download our poster of the biggest milestones, from the discovery of the viral family in humans in the 1960s to the identification of SARS-CoV-2.
Timeline: Human Coronavirus Discoveries
Timeline: Human Coronavirus Discoveries

Download our poster of the biggest milestones, from the discovery of the viral family in humans in the 1960s to the identification of SARS-CoV-2.

Download our poster of the biggest milestones, from the discovery of the viral family in humans in the 1960s to the identification of SARS-CoV-2.

Middle East respiratory syndrome
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A Brief History of Human Coronaviruses
Shawna Williams | Jun 2, 2020 | 5 min read
Milder, cold-causing members of this pathogenic viral family long remained under the radar, although they aren’t entirely harmless.
Cause of Viral Pneumonia Outbreak in China Unknown
Catherine Offord | Jan 6, 2020 | 2 min read
Health authorities have ruled out the usual suspects, leading to fears that a novel virus is causing the infections in Hubei Province.
Experimental MERS Treatments Target Host Cell Receptor
Ashley Yeager | Mar 30, 2017 | 4 min read
Researchers are searching for ways to prevent the coronavirus from attaching to DPP-4 receptors, blocking it from invading and replicating within host cells.
Non-Travel-Associated MERS in Kenya
Maina Waruru | Mar 23, 2016 | 2 min read
Researchers report evidence of past Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection in two people in the country.
MERS Research Outpaced by Outbreaks
Amanda B. Keener | Jun 18, 2015 | 4 min read
Questions about the transmission and pathogenesis of Middle East respiratory syndrome remain as the coronavirus spreads.
MERS Update
Kerry Grens | Jun 16, 2015 | 1 min read
An outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome in South Korea has now sickened more than 150, killing 19.
CDC: MERS Has Reached U.S.
Tracy Vence | May 2, 2014 | 1 min read
Health officials report that a patient in an Indiana hospital has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus.
MERS Common in Camels
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Feb 25, 2014 | 1 min read
Study suggests many camels in Saudi Arabia are infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus at some point in their lives.
Scientists Confirm Bats Carry SARS
Tracy Vence | Oct 31, 2013 | 1 min read
Whole-genome sequences for two novel coronaviruses from Chinese horseshoe bats are the most closely related to the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus to date.
More Evidence MERS Came from Bats
Kerry Grens | Oct 9, 2013 | 1 min read
Genomic analysis suggests that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus circulated among bats for a while before jumping to humans.  
Bats a Source of MERS?
Kate Yandell | Aug 23, 2013 | 2 min read
A fragment of viral RNA isolated from an Egyptian tomb bat matches viral RNA isolated from the first human victim of the novel coronavirus.
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