Study ties SARS origin to bats

10/31/2013 | BBC

SARS-like coronaviruses found in Chinese horseshoe bats are leading scientists to believe that the deadly virus originated in the creatures, according to a study in the journal Nature. The finding "is the key to resolving the continued speculation around bats as the origin of the SARS outbreaks," said Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization virologist Gary Crameri, one of the study's authors. The SARS-like coronavirus is about 95% genetically similar to the virus in humans and could be used to develop treatments.

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