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The Wuhan Coronavirus Inspires a Look Back at the Discovery of Viruses

27 days ago   |   By DNA Science

I'm astonished at the speed with which geneticists and epidemiologists are zeroing in on the Wuhan coronavirus.
Nomenclature is still up in the air. The first name, “2019-nCoV” for “novel coronavirus first seen in 2019,” is descriptive but not easy to remember. “Wu Flu” isn't correct - it's not a flu virus, nor is “Wuhan SARS” quite right because the new pathogen's genome isn't exactly like that of SARS.
I'll call it the Wuhan coronavirus until the World Health Organization decides on a name. WHO avoids places in disease names to avoid stigma, although I don't see the Rocky Mountains...
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