MERS-CoV particles (yellow) attach to camel tissue cells.
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National Institutes of Health (NIH) scientists have found that Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in marmosets closely mimics the severe pneumonia experienced by people infected with MERS-CoV, giving scientists the best animal model yet for testing potential treatments. Researchers at NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) used marmosets after predicting in computer models that the animals could be infected with MERS-CoV based on the binding properties of the virus.
D Falzarano et al. Infection with MERS-CoV Causes Lethal Pneumonia in the Common Marmoset. PLoS Pathogens DOI: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004250 (2014).
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