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Bats Are Natural Reservoirs of SARS-Like Coronaviruses
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It is reported that species of bats are a natural host of coronaviruses closely related to those responsible for the SARS outbreak, and these viruses display greater genetic variation than SARS-CoV isolated from humans or from civets. Expand
Virome Analysis for Identification of Novel Mammalian Viruses in Bat Species from Chinese Provinces
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The range of bat viromes, including viruses from mammals, insects, fungi, plants, and phages, in 11 insectivorous bat species common in six provinces of China are described and the complete or partial genome sequences of 13 novel mammalian viruses are identified. Expand
Deciphering the bat virome catalog to better understand the ecological diversity of bat viruses and the bat origin of emerging infectious diseases
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The data obtained in this study revealed an overview of the viral community present in these bat samples, which provides new clues in the search for the origin or evolution pattern of certain viruses, such as coronaviruses and noroviruses. Expand
The evolution of color vision in nocturnal mammals
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It is suggested that UV color vision plays a considerably more important role in nocturnal mammalian sensory ecology than previously appreciated and the caveat of inferring light environments from visual opsins and vice versa is highlighted. Expand
Review of Bats and SARS
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The discovery of SARS-like coronaviruses in horseshoe bats highlights the possibility of future outbreaks caused by different coronavirus of bat origin, says the World Health Organization. Expand
Phylogeography of the greater horseshoe bat, Rhinolophus ferrumequinum: contrasting results from mitochondrial and microsatellite data
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A detailed study of the phylogeography of the greater horseshoe bat using 1098 bp of the mitochondrial ND2 gene from 45 localities from across its Palaearctic range to infer population history and shows two colonization events in Europe, one before the Last Glacial Maximum and one after it. Expand
Convergent sequence evolution between echolocating bats and dolphins
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The Prestin gene has also undergone convergent amino acid substitutions in echolocating dolphins, which group with e cholocating bats in a phylogenetic tree of Prestin, and evidence is found that these changes were driven by natural selection. Expand
Dynamic evolution of bitter taste receptor genes in vertebrates
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The hypotheses that T2R gene repertoires are closely related to the dietary habits of different species and that birth-and-death evolution is associated with adaptations to dietary changes are supported. Expand
The hearing gene Prestin reunites echolocating bats
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The study of a hearing gene in bats strongly implicates Prestin in the evolution of echolocation, and suggests independent evolution of high-frequency hearing in bats, which highlights the potential problems of extracting phylogenetic signals from functional genes that may be prone to convergence. Expand
Molecular Evolution of the SARS Coronavirus During the Course of the SARS Epidemic in China
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The spike protein showed the strongest initial responses to positive selection pressures, followed by subsequent purifying selection and eventual stabilization, and major deletions were observed in the Orf8 region of the genome at the start and the end of the epidemic. Expand
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