Cross-species transmission and emergence of novel viruses from birds.

  title={Cross-species transmission and emergence of novel viruses from birds.},
  author={Jasper Fuk-Woo Chan and Kelvin Kai-Wang To and Honglin Chen and Kwok - Yung Yuen},
  journal={Current opinion in virology},
Birds, the only living member of the Dinosauria clade, are flying warm-blooded vertebrates displaying high species biodiversity, roosting and migratory behavior, and a unique adaptive immune system. Birds provide the natural reservoir for numerous viral species and therefore gene source for evolution, emergence and dissemination of novel viruses. The intrusions of human into natural habitats of wild birds, the domestication of wild birds as pets or racing birds, and the increasing poultry… CONTINUE READING
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