Coronavirus far more likely than Sars to bond to human cells due to HIV-like mutation, scientists say

Scientists say the new coronavirus may be significantly different from Sars. Photo: AP
Scientists say the new coronavirus may be significantly different from Sars. Photo: AP
The new

coronavirus

has an HIV-like mutation that means its ability to bind with human cells could be up to 1,000 times as strong as the Sars virus, according to new research by scientists in China and Europe.

The discovery could help to explain not only how the infection has spread but also where it came from and how best to fight it.

Scientists showed that Sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome) entered the human body by binding with a receptor protein called ACE2 on a cell membrane. And some early studies suggested that the new coronavirus, which shares about 80 per cent of the genetic structure of Sars, might follow a similar path.

Read more here: https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052495/coronavirus-far-more-likely-sars-bond-human-cells-scientists-say

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