Previous studies have shown how the SARS virus (SARS-CoV) interacts with animal and human hosts in order to infect them. The mechanics of infection by the Wuhan coronavirus appear to be similar.
The Wuhan coronavirus — which has killed dozens of people and infected more than 800 so far — has already roiled Chinese markets and thrown plans for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.
Almost 2,000 cases of Ebola have been reported in the Democratic Republic of Congo, causing nearly 100 deaths, in the second largest outbreak of the disease in history.
A pair of papers published in Cell on January 11 suggest that the protein encoded by one such gene uses its virus-like structure to shuttle information between cells: a new form of cellular communication that may be key to long-term memory formation and other neurological functions.
An Ebola outbreak that has been going on in the Democratic Republic of Congo since August is already one of the worst in history —the 7th worst to be precise — and it looks like it may spiral out of control.