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Serge Morand is a health ecologist, research director at CNRS and CIRAD and teaches at the Faculty of Tropical Medicine in Bangkok, Thailand. For him, it is urgent to preserve genetic diversity in nature and agriculture to avoid the multiplication of pandemics.
Several species of wild animals have been accused of having transmitted Covid-19 to humans (pangolin, bat, etc.). What about it?
It is 98% certain that Covid-19 has its origin in a bat coronavirus. But it is unlikely to have passed directly from the bat to the human, because it takes a small change in the structure of the virus’s genome to allow it to enter human cells. For this, other animals often serve as gateways to “humanize” viruses and other pathogens hosted in wild animals. This is called “the effect
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