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Dozens of Mammals Could Be Susceptible to SARS-CoV-2

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Numerous animals may be vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, according to a large study modeling how the virus might infect different animals' cells, led by UCL researchers.

The study, published in Scientific Reports, reports evidence that 26 animals regularly in contact with people may be susceptible to infection.

The researchers investigated how the spike protein from SARS-CoV-2 could interact with the ACE2 protein it attaches to when it infects people.

The focus of the investigation was whether mutations in the ACE2 protein in 215 different animals, that make it different from the human ...