A New Bug on the Block


In December 2019, clusters of pneumonia cases started showing up in the Hubei region of China, especially in its largest city Wuhan. As these piled up, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ laboratories and the Chinese Centre for Disease Control started looking for the cause. This turned out to be a new virus, whose genetic sequence matched very closely with two coronaviruses isolated from bats in China in 2018.

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Correspondence to Shahid Jameel.

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Shahid Jameel is Chief Executive Officer at the DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance. He earlier established the Virology Group at the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, New Delhi and led it for 25 years. His research there dealt with human viruses— hepatitis E, HIV and SARS.

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Jameel, S. A New Bug on the Block. Reson 25, 477–484 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12045-020-0964-4

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  • Coronavirus
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  • RNA polymerase
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