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, 69, 224-229

Geographical Structure of Bat SARS-related Coronaviruses

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Geographical Structure of Bat SARS-related Coronaviruses

Ping Yu et al. Infect Genet Evol.

Abstract

Bats are the natural reservoirs of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV) which caused the outbreak of human SARS in 2002-2003. We introduce the genetic diversity of SARS-related coronaviruses (SARSr-CoVs) discovered in bats and provide insights on the bat origin of human SARS. We also analyze the viral geographical structure that may improve our understanding of the evolution of bat SARSr-CoVs.

Keywords: Bats; Geographical structure; Host switch; Phylogeny; SARS.

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