Discovery of a novel coronavirus associated with the recent pneumonia outbreak in humans and its potential bat origin

  title={Discovery of a novel coronavirus associated with the recent pneumonia outbreak in humans and its potential bat origin},
  author={Peng Zhou and Xing-Lou Yang and Xian-Guang Wang and Ben Hu and Lei Zhang and Wei Zhang and Hao-rui Si and Yan Zhu and Bei Li and Chao Huang and Hui-Dong Chen and Jing Chen and Yun Luo and Hua Guo and Rendi Jiang and Mei Liu and Ying Chen and Xurui Shen and Xi Wang and Xiao-Shuang Zheng and Kai Zhao and Quanjiao Chen and Fēi D{\`e}ng and Lin-lin Liu and Bing-Ru Yan and Fa-xian Zhan and Yan-Yi Wang and Geng-fu Xiao and Zh{\`e}ngl{\`i} Sh{\'i}},
Since the SARS outbreak 18 years ago, a large number of severe acute respiratory syndrome related coronaviruses (SARSr-CoV) have been discovered in their natural reservoir host, bats1-4. Previous studies indicated that some of those bat SARSr-CoVs have the potential to infect humans5-7. Here we report the identification and characterization of a novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019) which caused an epidemic of acute respiratory syndrome in humans, in Wuhan, China. The epidemic, started from December… 
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