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Researchers: SARS didn't come from Wuhan seafood market

Christian Fernsby |
The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) likely did not originate at Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China, but was instead imported from elsewhere, according to scientific research published by Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

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Topics: SARS    WUHAN    SEAFOOD   

Researchers sequenced the genomic data of a total 93 SARS-CoV-2 samples from 12 countries across four continents to track down the source of infection, as well as understand how it spreads.

According to the research, the virus did spread rapidly in the crowded market before spreading elsewhere.

Before Feb. 12, SARS-CoV-2 had two major population expansions on Dec. 8, 2019 and Jan. 6, 2020.

The research provides further evidence that Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market was not the birthplace of the virus, which coincides with a study published in The Lancet earlier on Jan. 24, 2020.

"The study concerning whether Huanan market is the only birthplace of SARS-CoV-2 is of great significance for finding its source and determining the intermediate host, so as to control the epidemic and prevent it from spreading again," said the research team.

Researchers from CAS Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, South China Agricultural University, and the Chinese Institute for Brain Research participated in the research.

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