Museums preserve clues that can help scientists predict and analyze future pandemics
June 26, 2020
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Pamela Soltis, University of Florida; Joseph Cook, University of New Mexico, and Richard Yanagihara, University of Hawaii
(THE CONVERSATION) In less than 20 years, communities around the globe have been hit by a string of major disease outbreaks: SARS, MERS, Ebola, Zika and now, COVID-19. Nearly all emerging infectious diseases in humans originate from microorganisms that are harbored by wildlife and subsequently "jump," either directly or indirectly – for example, through mos...