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Chinese scientists have discovered 24 new types of coronavirus in bats

Chinese scientists have discovered 24 new types of coronavirus in bats

Scientists from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Shandong University have discovered new types of coronaviruses in bats, similar to the pathogen that causes COVID-19. This was announced on Saturday, June 12, according to Cell magazine.

“In total, we collected 24 new  genomes from different bat species, including four SARS-CoV-2-like coronaviruses,” the study authors noted.

According to Chinese scientists, one strain derived from the bat species Rhinolophus pusillus is particularly similar to SARS-CoV-2, although it has some differences in the protein that viruses use to attach to infected cells.

“Together with the SARS-CoV-2-related virus collected in Thailand in June 2020, these results clearly demonstrate that viruses closely related to SARS-CoV — 2 continue to circulate in bat populations, and in some regions may occur with relatively high frequency,” the experts concluded.



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