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Genomic analysis reveals many animal species may be vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection

Genomic analysis reveals many animal species may be vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 infection

Analysis of ACE2, the main receptor that SARS-CoV-2 uses to bind and enter cells, across 410 vertebrate species reveals that many are potentially susceptible to infection by the novel coronavirus. They include a number of endangered and threatened species, notably apes and old world primates. The study could also reveal potential intermediate hosts and animal models for the virus.

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