Where Do New Viruses Come From?

While the origin of the new Coronavirus is not yet known, we do know where new viruses normally come from. Hint: Darwin’s theory of evolution is full of clues!

In this animation you will get a crash course in virology. You’ll learn how viruses differ from other microbes, why most viruses can only infect one type of host organism, and how viruses evolve to infect new hosts.

For more information on evolution, visit https://www.statedclearly.com/

For more information on the idea that this virus may have come from a lab, see our article here: https://www.statedclearly.com/article…

Further Reading:
Overview of how new viruses evolve during spillover events

SARS coronavirus seems to have gone from bats to civets to people https://www.who.int/ith/diseases/sars…

RNA recombination as a source of genetic novelty in coronaviruses: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…

How recombination and reassortment work:

Recombination in single stranded RNA viruses

The evolution of SARS and a prediction that new coronaviruses will evolve in the future

How coronaviruses enter cells via binding and endocytosis: https://jvi.asm.org/content/92/3/e019…

How we stopped the SARS coronavirus

Pangolins as a potential intermediate host

In the animation I call the virus COVID-19, but this is technically incorrect. COVID-19 is the name of the disease it causes. The virus itself is called SARS CoV 2. Thanks to YouTube user “Charles Starbuck” for pointing out the error.

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