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Genetic diversity of bats coronaviruses in the Atlantic Forest hotspot biome, Brazil

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  • Luiz Gustavo Bentim Góes
  • Angélica Cristine de Almeida Campos
  • Cristiano de Carvalho
  • Guilherme Ambar
  • Luzia Helena Queiroz
  • Ariovaldo Pereira Cruz-Neto
  • Muhammad Munir
  • Edison Luiz Durigon
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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>10/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Infection, Genetics and Evolution
Volume44
Number of pages4
Pages (from-to)510-513
Publication statusPublished
Early online date27/07/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Bats are notorious reservoirs of genetically-diverse and high-profile pathogens, and are playing crucial roles in the emergence and re-emergence of viruses, both in human and in animals. In this report, we identified and characterized previously unknown and diverse genetic clusters of bat coronaviruses in the Atlantic Forest Biome, Brazil. These results highlight the virus richness of bats and their possible roles in the public health.