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Evidence of recombination in coronaviruses implicating pangolin origins of nCoV-2019

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Evidence of recombination in coronaviruses implicating pangolin origins of nCoV-2019
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bioRxiv, February 2020
DOI 10.1101/2020.02.07.939207
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Matthew C. Wong, Sara J. Javornik Cregeen, Nadim J. Ajami, Joseph F. Petrosino


A novel coronavirus (nCoV-2019) was the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China in December of 2019. Genomic analyses of nCoV-2019 determined a 96% resemblance with a coronavirus isolated from a bat in 2013 (RaTG13); however, the receptor binding motif (RBM) of these two genomes share low sequence similarity. This divergence suggests a possible alternative source for the RBM coding sequence in nCoV-2019. We identified high sequence similarity in the RBM between nCoV-2019 and a coronavirus genome reconstructed from a viral metagenomic dataset from pangolins possibly indicating a more complex origin for nCoV-2019.

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Country Count As %
Unknown 364 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 59 16%
Researcher 53 15%
Student > Bachelor 44 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 32 9%
Other 21 6%
Other 59 16%
Unknown 96 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 80 22%
Medicine and Dentistry 48 13%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 29 8%
Immunology and Microbiology 16 4%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 12 3%
Other 70 19%
Unknown 109 30%