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COVID-19 relatives found in samples frozen for 10 years

COVID-19 relatives found in samples frozen for 10 years

COVID-19 relatives found in samples frozen for 10 years.  According to a report on the French “Echo” website on January 28, researchers from the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh said that the research report published before the WHO expert team ended quarantine on January 28 confirmed the existence of Cambodia since 2010 A close relative of the new coronavirus.

COVID-19 relatives found in samples frozen for 10 years
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The report of the researchers of the Pasteur Institute in Phnom Penh was published on the Biology Paper Archive Network on Tuesday.

The report is in fact the result of an analysis of bat samples stored in a laboratory freezer in Cambodia since 2010. After starting to analyze frozen samples of a specific species of bats (horseshoe bats) for more than two months, the researchers believe that the similarity to the new coronavirus is 92.6%.

The researchers obviously did not conclude that the COVID-19 virus came from Cambodia, because Cambodia is one of the countries least affected by it, with fewer than 30,000 confirmed cases and only 462 deaths.

However, in the opinion of the researchers of the Pasteur Institute, their published data show that: “The geographical area of ​​the various viruses related to the new coronavirus is wider than people have thought so far.”

The authors of the report believe that this may be because “people did not adequately study samples from various regions of Southeast Asia, especially the Greater Mekong subregion.” In addition to Yunnan, this broad area also includes Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

(source:internet, reference only)


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