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Common cold viruses originated in camels, just like MERS

There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds. Usually, infections with these viruses are harmless to humans. DZIF Professor Christian Drosten, Institute of Virology at the University Hospital of Bonn, and his research team have now found the source of “HCoV-229E,” one of […]

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Origin of dromedary camel domestication discovered

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The dromedary, the one-humped Arabian camel, plays an important role in the countries of North Africa. For thousands of years, the people of North Africa and Asia have used the animal for the transportation of people and goods. It was fundamental to the development of human societies in inhospitable environments. Dromedaries are the largest domesticated […]

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* MERS virus: Drying out the reservoir

A German-Dutch team has succeeded in immunizing dromedaries against the MERS virus. As the camels appear to be the major reservoir of the virus, the vaccine should also reduce the risk of future outbreaks of the disease in humans. The recently discovered coronavirus now referred to as MERS (for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) causes an […]

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* How Australia’s Outback got one million feral camels: Camels culled on large scale

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A new study has shed light on how an estimated one million-strong population of wild camels thriving in Australia’s remote outback have become reviled as pests and culled on a large scale. Camels played a significant role in the establishment of Australia’s modern infrastructure, but rapidly lost their economic value in the early part of […]

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