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Bat viruses found in Laos ‘closest known ancestors’ to pandemic strain

A team of Laotian and French researchers have discovered a significant clue as to how the virus responsible for Covid-19 evolved, with their findings showing bat viruses in Laos share a key similarity with the pandemic strain.The scientists from Institut Pasteur and the National University of Laos collected samples in the Southeast Asian nation over six months from July last year.They say three coronaviruses found in horseshoe bats living in limestone caves in the north of the country are the…

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