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Can Bats Help Prevent The Next Pandemic

“We found that bats have been under unusual pressure from coronaviruses compared to other mammals, supporting the idea that bats are rich sources of coronaviruses and may yield insights for future prevention or treatment,” says Hannah Frank, an assistant professor in the ecology and evolutionary biology department at Tulane University.

What bats can teach us about stopping the next pandemic

“Pandemics originating from animals highlight the need to understand how natural hosts have evolved in response to emerging human pathogens and which groups may be susceptible to infection and/or potential reservoirs to mitigate public health and conservation concerns,” said Hannah Frank, an assistant professor in the Tulane Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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