Q&A: New Tool Ranks Viruses by Their Risk of Jumping to Humans
Q&A: New Tool Ranks Viruses by Their Risk of Jumping to Humans
Researchers involved in a long-term project to identify viruses of concern have now assessed the risk factors that could help forecast which pathogens are the most likely to spillover from wildlife to people.
Q&A: New Tool Ranks Viruses by Their Risk of Jumping to Humans
Q&A: New Tool Ranks Viruses by Their Risk of Jumping to Humans

Researchers involved in a long-term project to identify viruses of concern have now assessed the risk factors that could help forecast which pathogens are the most likely to spillover from wildlife to people.

Researchers involved in a long-term project to identify viruses of concern have now assessed the risk factors that could help forecast which pathogens are the most likely to spillover from wildlife to people.

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Are Climate-Driven Shifts in Bat Diversity to Blame for COVID-19?
Are Climate-Driven Shifts in Bat Diversity to Blame for COVID-19?
Asher Jones | Feb 12, 2021
A study proposes that habitat for bats—and their accompanying coronaviruses—has increased in southern Asia over the last century, but experts debate the reliability of the analysis.
WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab
WHO Discounts Idea that SARS-CoV-2 Leaked from a Lab
Kerry Grens | Feb 9, 2021
An investigation by the World Health Organization into the origins of COVID-19 will instead focus on the virus’s animal origins and the possibility of spread through frozen foods.
Denmark to Cull 17 Million Mink Amid SARS-CoV-2 Mutation Concerns
Denmark to Cull 17 Million Mink Amid SARS-CoV-2 Mutation Concerns
Lisa Winter | Nov 5, 2020
Government authorities say because the animals are good hosts of the novel coronavirus, and this new viral variant could undermine vaccine efforts against COVID-19, they are destroying the nation's entire stock of mink.
Alterations in Immune Genes Make Bats Great Viral Hosts
Alterations in Immune Genes Make Bats Great Viral Hosts
Abby Olena | Oct 27, 2020
Bat species use different strategies to dampen immune activation in response to viruses.
Disrupted Habitats Have More Zoonotic Disease Hosts: Study
Disrupted Habitats Have More Zoonotic Disease Hosts: Study
Lisa Winter | Aug 6, 2020
Animals that can host pathogens dangerous to humans, such as rodents, birds, and bats, are proportionately more common in human-occupied spaces than in remote areas.
DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
DNA Could Thwart Trade of the World’s Most Trafficked Mammal
Diana Kwon | Aug 6, 2020
Pangolins are poached for their scales and meat, leading researchers to develop a set of molecular tools to help track and mitigate the trade.
Tracking Pangolin Traffic Networks
Tracking Pangolin Traffic Networks
The Scientist Staff | Aug 6, 2020
Working at bushmeat markets in Africa, researchers are trying to trace the trade networks of the mammals.
Which Species Transmit COVID-19 to Humans? We’re Still Not Sure.
Which Species Transmit COVID-19 to Humans? We’re Still Not Sure.
Claire Jarvis | Mar 16, 2020
Preliminary modeling studies provide a shortlist of potential coronavirus intermediate host species.
Scientists Scrutinize New Coronavirus Genome for Answers
Scientists Scrutinize New Coronavirus Genome for Answers
Emma Yasinski | Jan 23, 2020
Researchers are trying to figure out where it came from, whether it’s evolving, and just how big a threat it will be.