Dr. Linfa Wang was instrumental in revealing that bats, not civet cats, were the source of the deadly SARS epidemic in 2003, and he notes that bats actually harbor Hendra, SARS, Nipah and Ebola, or what he calls "the four high-impact viral pathogens." Dr. Linfa and his team are on the forefront of bat research with an aim of learning why they carry these viruses but are resistant to their effects in the hopes of finding ways to prevent the illnesses in humans.

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