Where did this virus come from? A new study points to a slithering suspect: Snakes…!!!
Editor’s note: This article was updated on Jan. 23 to include discussion of the controversy around the new study.
As an outbreak of a new coronavirus continues to grow in China and spread to other countries, one question remains: Where did the virus come from? Now, a controversial new study points to a slithering suspect: snakes.
The study analyzed the genetic sequence of the new virus, known as 2019-nCoV, and compared it with the genetic sequences of more than 200 other coronaviruses from around the world that infect various animals.