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Saturday, September 10, 2005

Killer bats

A coronavirus similar to SARS has been discovered in wild bats near Hong Kong:

...genetic data also suggests that the bat-SARS-Coronavirus has a common ancestor with civet SARS coronavirus. But the researchers could not yet determine how the bats were originally infected, or whether this species was responsible for transmitting the SARS coronavirus to other mammalsincluding [sic] the civets.
So... it's okay if they suck your blood; just don't let 'em sneeze on you. Oh, and read the article to find out exactly how they found the virus... Reading it made me think 2 things: 1. I just added to my list of 'no way in Hell' jobs and 2. how many other animals did they test before settling on bats?


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