Pangolins May Have Incubated the Novel Coronavirus - Genetic Study

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  • Pangolins may be the missing link of transmission of the novel coronavirus from bats to humans, a genetic study has shown
  • Pangolins, also known as scaly anteaters, are sold as food in many parts of China and has been one of the key suspects in investigating the source of the virus
  • A team of scientists found that the novel coronavirus swapped genes several times with similar strains found in bats and pangolins after analyzing 43 complete genomes from three different strains of the virus
  • However, the researchers say it's too soon to blame pangolins for the pandemic as a third animal species may have transmitted the virus to humans
  • The researchers , however, concluded that people should reduce contact with wild animals to prevent further animal-to-human transmission