Thanks, a lot of great information.The picture is still developing and I think it is too early to be decisive on any front.
Both Pangolins and bats have been mentioned, but the evidence in both cases had some gaps.
Analysis of the DNA of coronavirus samples obtained from pangolins showed a very high correlation with the Receptor Binding Domain in both the pangolin sample and the sample taken from a human victim in Wuhan which was the basis for claims of pangolins playing a role as a vector. The whole genome correlation was low though, around 90%.
Conversely, bat sourced DNA has shown a much higher whole genome correlation at around 96%, but a lower RBD correlation. Neither has a correlation that would be conclusive as pointing to the reservoir of the infection prior to making the jump to humans. They could be, but you would expect the numbers to be higher.
The earlier SARS outbreak in 2002/03 was traced to civets, but for comparison the whole genome correlation was 99.8% and higher for the RBD. We have no candidate yet anywhere near those levels that I have seen reported. So I take the current data as no more than suggestive.
For reference, the following
Pangolins are a prime suspect, but a slew of genetic analyses has yet to find conclusive proof.www.nature.com
By contrast, Scientific American is being much less restrained than Nature and fingering the bats, but in these degraded post truth times, its almost getting to the point that Scientific and American are mutually exclusive concepts at least in any publication not subject to international peer review.
Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out therewww.scientificamerican.com
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I saw this Pony of Chinese heritage.Has anyone tested the ponies?
I bet not.
We may well find ponies are the true reservoir of this virus. We know they are already the source of many unspeakable horrors, including kombucha, Instagram influencers, salted caramel, and Eurovision.
It would be just the sort of thing the ponies would do.
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