Many Animal Species May Be Vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2
August 24, 2020
Humans aren't the only species that may be susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, reports a new study from the University of California, Davis.
Using genomic analysis, an international team of researchers focused on angiotensin converting enzyme-2, or ACE2, a protein that is found on many cells and tissues. In humans, 25 of the amino acids in ACE2 are key for the virus to infect cells. Scientists compared ACE2 in 410 different vertebrate species, including amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles.