"Bat Woman" Scientist Warns About Fresh Pandemic Caused By Viruses Evolving
A virologist referred to as "Bat Woman" has warned about a new SARS- like pandemic caused by bats and viruses being involved in an 'evolutionary arms race'.
Shi Zheng is one of the worlds authorities on corona virus.
Shi, who has been credited with unlocking the genetic code for COVID-19 said a study found that the corona viruses and bats may have co-evolved over the time and experience selection pressure from each other.
The 55- year- old based in Huwan, china the epicentre of corona virus claims the new threat is a result of the flying mammals and the virus constantly evolving.
According to local media, Shi, who has been the target of unproven theories about COVID-19 escaping from a lab at the Huwan institute of virology, said that the newly published findings are further proof that the horseshoe bat caused the on going pandemic.
Dubbed "Bat Woman" by colleagues because of her virus-hunting cave expeditions over the past 16 years, Shi and her fellow researchers the study on May 14 on the platform bioRxiv.
The study is titled 'evolutionary arms race between virus and host drivers genetic diversity in bat SARS related corona virus spike genes' and says the horseshoe bat carries many corona viruses with high genetic diversity especially in the spike protein.
Scientist believe this further proves that the horseshoe bat is the natural host of SARS CoVs. Chinese researchers will continue to study but viruses to prevent another SARS-like pandemic taking place, according to reports. China has consistently denied that COVID-19 originated in a lab.
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