onsdag 29. januar 2020

Coronavirus: Australian scientists first to recreate virus outside China

Scientists in Australia have become the first to recreate the new coronavirus outside of China in what they have called a "significant breakthrough". The discovery will be shared with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the hope it may help efforts to diagnose and treat the virus.

Scientists in China have also recreated the virus and shared its genome sequence, but not the virus itself. Doctors said the copy could be used as "control material" for testing and "will be a game changer for diagnosis".That could involve an early-diagnosis test which could detect the virus in people who have not displayed symptoms. Chinese authorities have said the virus - like a normal flu - is able to spread during its incubation period. But the WHO has said it remains unclear whether it is contagious before symptoms appear.