Researchers map genetic changes that may have facilitated SARS-CoV-2’s jump from bats to humans

researchers map genetic changes that may have facilitated sars cov 2s jump from bats to humans

Sumary of Researchers map genetic changes that may have facilitated SARS-CoV-2’s jump from bats to humans:

  • These binding sites act like a lock and key, wherein the spike protein needs to be the right shape to fit into the receptors and facilitate viral entry.
  • Now, a new study by based researchers at the University of Cambridge and the Pirbright Institute in the UK has identified key genetic changes in SARS-CoV-2 that may be responsible for the virus’s jump from bats to humans.
  • Inset depicts the SARS-CoV-2 binding region of ACE2 (outlined), with residues that contact the SARS-CoV-2 RBD highlighted [6].
  • The coronavirus pandemic SARS-CoV-2 first emerged in late 2019 in China, and has since spread to 191 countries and territories.

However, further research is needed to establish if these animals can acquire infection and if they could act as animal reservoirs.

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