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Bats Identified as Source of Pig-Killing Coronavirus in China
Jim Daley | Apr 4, 2018
The virus caused an outbreak that began in Guangdong Province and left nearly 25,000 piglets dead.
Bats a Major Global Reservoir of Coronaviruses
Diana Kwon | Jun 12, 2017
Understanding the patterns of diversity in bat-hosted viruses may help researchers better predict when and where outbreaks may occur.
Lab-Made Coronavirus Triggers Debate
Jef Akst | Nov 16, 2015
The creation of a chimeric SARS-like virus has scientists discussing the risks of gain-of-function research.
Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2014
In the wake of a handful of biosafety lapses at federal research facilities, the US government is temporarily halting funding for new studies aiming to give novel functions to influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.
Scientists Confirm Bats Carry SARS
Tracy Vence | Oct 31, 2013
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.
The Many Mysteries of MERS
Tracy Vence | Sep 8, 2013
As researchers test a treatment for Middle East respiratory syndrome, the deadly coronavirus that causes it slowly reveals itself.
How Many Mammalian Viruses?
Ed Yong | Sep 3, 2013
A project that identified almost every virus in the Indian flying fox heralds a new age of viral discovery.
WHO To Convene MERS Virus Panel
Chris Palmer | Jul 7, 2013
An expert committee will decide whether to escalate efforts to combat the novel coronavirus that is spreading throughout the Middle East.
Novel Virus Entry Portal Found
Sabrina Richards | Mar 13, 2013
Researchers identify the target protein of a recently discovered human coronavirus, shedding light on infection and possible interspecies spread.
Dude, Where’s My SARS?
Dan Cossins | Jan 21, 2013
The release of infectious agents from the lab is not uncommon, but lab-acquired infections are rare.