Mink! New coronavirus intermediate host may be found

What is the source of the infection of the new coronavirus? It’s been hanging over. On January 24th, Zhu Waiball, a professor at Peking University’s School of Technology, published “Deep learning algorithms predict the host and infection of a new coronavirus” on the bioRxiv preplate platform, which stated that bats and otters could be two potential hosts of the new coronavirus, with otters likely to be intermediate hosts.

The study used a VHP (viral host prediction) method developed based on deep learning algorithms to predict potential hosts of new coronaviruses. Today, Zhu Huaiball confirmed the news to reporters.

Research by Zhu’s team showed that bat SARS-like coronaviruses have more similar infection patterns to new coronaviruses than those infected with other vertebrates. In addition, by comparing the virus transmission patterns of all hosts in vertebrates, it was found that the infectious pattern softered by the otter virus was closer to the new coronavirus. This means that bats and otters could be two potential hosts of the new coronavirus.

Mink! New coronavirus intermediate host may be found

As for the infection of the new coronavirus, the team’s research shows that all six genomes of the new coronavirus are highly likely to infect humans. The prediction suggests that the new coronavirus has strong potential to infect humans similar to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS-CoV), bat SARS-like coronavirus (Bat SARS-like CoV) and MERS-CoV.

In addition, on January 23, Shi Zhengli, a researcher at the Wuhan Virus Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, published an article on the bioRxiv pre-plate platform, “The discovery of a new coronavirus and its possible bat origin”. The natural host of the new coronavirus is most likely to be bats, the study said, and is as consistent as 96% of the RaTG13 coronavirus present in Yunnan chrysanthemum bats.

Recently, China’s CDC successfully isolated china’s first virus virus virus information for the first time, and published its electric mirror photos. Experts believe that this progress for the next step to study the mechanism of virus disease, research and development of related drugs has laid a good foundation.

According to the official website information of Peking University Institute of Technology, Zhu Wai-ball is a professor and doctoral tutor of Peking University, is currently vice president of Peking University’s Institute of Technology, is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Biomedical Information Technology Branch of the China Pharmaceutical Biotechnology Association, secretary-general of the Beijing Bioinformatics Research Association, and a member of the Professional Committee of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics of the Chinese Society of Bioengineering.

His research interests include biomedical informatics and computational system biology, including biomedical data analysis based on big data, high-throughput genomic bioinformatics methods and techniques based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, environmental and human microbiomics, biological evolution, and biomolecular dynamics analysis. Leading the development of microbial genome analysis and gene prediction series of methods to reach the international leading level

Reporters note that, before, Zhu Wai-ball has been involved in the publication of SARS-related research articles “THE origin of SARS coronavirus and the evolution of the first exploration.”