Link to MERS Virus Underscores Bats' Puzzling Threat

Kai is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine based in Berlin, Germany.

The announcement that a gene fragment of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has been found in an Egyptian tomb bat has focused new attention on an enigma: Is there something special about bats that makes them more likely to unleash human diseases? Scientists aren't sure, but they have offered a range of explanations to explain why bats might pose a greater threat than other animals.

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