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坏消息—裹在蛋白质里的冠状病毒基因组

Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome

A virus is “simply a piece of bad news wrapped up in protein,” the biologists Jean and Peter Medawar wrote in 1977.

1977年生物学家Jean和Peter Medawar写道:坏消息是病毒“只不过是包裹在蛋白质里”。

In January, scientists deciphered a piece of very bad news: the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The sample came from a 41-year-old man who worked at the seafood market in Wuhan where the first cluster of cases appeared.

2020年1月,科学家们破解了导致Covid-19的SARS-CoV-2病毒的基因组;样本则是于来自一名41岁的男子,他在武汉海鲜市场工作,那里出现了第一批病例。

Researchers are now racing to make sense of this viral recipe, which could inspire drugs, vaccines and other tools to fight the ongoing pandemic.

研究人员现在正在努力弄清楚这种病毒的配方,这可能会激发新药物、疫苗和其他手段来对抗正在进行的病毒大流行。

Read more at The New York Times

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