Baric lab: Circulating bat coronaviruses and the risk of SARS re-emergence

See the STAT news story about the latest paper from M&I Professor Ralph Baric's group, just out in Nature Medicine

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26552008

SARS-like virus in bats shows potential to infect humans

Viruses that are related to SARS and that are found in some species of bats could become a source of future human outbreaks, according to a new study.


Here's a link to the UNC News article about this work:

http://news.unchealthcare.org/news/2015/november/new-sars-like-virus-can-jump-directly-from-bats-to-humans-no-treatment-available

The Baric lab's paper provokes more commentary regarding gain-of-function research:

http://www.nature.com/news/engineered-bat-virus-stirs-debate-over-risky-research-1.18787