China: Bats have been identified as the source of the most deadly "Wuhan coronavirus" virus today, and scientists say closely monitoring the documentation of flying mammals can help fight infection. According to a release from The Daily Mail.





Information collected from the analysis of animal DNA and the DNA of the virus also helps scientists predict the "hotspot" of future outbreaks.
The researchers performed a cheaper and faster test than the current method, which required a lung sample using a DNA scanner with signs of infection.
It then provides information on the cycle, evolution, and geographical spread. They also hope that this information can be used to predict how viruses, including the 2019-nCoV outbreak, will spread to both bats and humans.

Complex data on genetic status and virus evolution can then be integrated into computer models to predict hotspots for future contamination. It comes as research published in the journal Lancet uses similar methods to determine that bats are the most likely cause of the original virus.

Samples taken from the lungs of nine patients in Wuhan were tracked to show that they were genetically different from the lethal SARS virus. They suggest that bats transmitted the disease to "average" humans at the Hunan seafood market in Wuhan before being sent to humans.

However, the 2019-nCoV virus and the human SARS virus have similar structures, though with some minor differences. As a result, the latter authors suggest that 2019-nCoV may use the same molecular door to enter cells as SARS (ACE2 receptor).

Researchers from the United States and China have developed a new method to help keep track of deadly viruses. A total of 133 people have died in China and more than 6,000 around the world have contracted the virus, which can cause pneumonia-like symptoms.

By: Philip Philip