China to help ID un­known viruses

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

China will help lead a pro­ject to iden­tify un­known viruses from wildlife to bet­ter pre­pare hu­mans for ma­jor epi­demics — if not global pan­demics. The pro­ject is to be launched this year, ac­cord­ing to one of the coun­try’s top health of­fi­cials. The Global Virome Pro­ject will start in China and Thai­land with field work to col­lect sam­ples from wild an­i­mals and an­a­lyze the viruses de­tected, says Gao Fu, head of the Chi­nese Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion. “Sci­en­tists will col­lect virus sam­ples from an­i­mals such as bats and rats for study us­ing tech­niques like next gen­er­a­tion (DNA) se­quenc­ing to find whether new viruses ex­ist,” he says.

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