Researchers seek source of SARS in China's wildlife
The move follows reports that workers and animals at the markets show high rates of infection with coronaviruses, the family to which the virus believed to cause SARS belongs.
Scientists working in Hong Kong found a virus in six masked-palm civets and a raccoon dog that was very close, but not identical to the SARS virus. This animal virus is now a prime suspect in the hunt for the origins of SARS.
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Reference: Nature 423, 467 (2003)