Molecular dated Bayesian phylogeny of RBP region 5 showing the 9 closest relatives to SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 likely shared a common ancestor with RaTG13 about 40 years ago. (Lytras et al., bioarxiv, 2021)


The origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for Covid-19, have been investigated since at least January 2020, when the virus has been isolated and sequenced from patient samples in Wuhan, China. Once the pandemic started…

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What is life?

The short answer is that there is no universally accepted definition. The deeper scientists inquire, the more complex the question becomes, because nature is ripe with self-replicating systems, living grey zones from autocatalytic chemistry to elusive megaviruses to early microorganisms. …

Philipp Markolin

Academic jack-of.many-traits. Occupied with communicating science and scientific ideas to a broader audience. Editor of Advances in biological science.

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