Coronavirus on Ice

By retesting frozen lab animals, research teams in Asia have found 2 coronaviruses closely linked to SARS-CoV-2—the virus’s first known relatives outside of China.
 
One was discovered in horseshoe bats stored in a lab freezer in Cambodia after being captured in 2010. The other was found in a little Japanese horseshoe bat captured in 2013; it shares 81% of its genome with SARS-CoV-2.
 
These notable discoveries confirm that viruses related to SARS-CoV-2 are fairly common in Rhinolophus bats, and they could offer clues as to how the deadly virus jumped from animals to people.
 
Nature

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