A new coronavirus which has now killed at least 17 people and sickened more than 540 in China seems to trace its origin to snakes. Virologists Haitao Guo and Shou-Jiang Gao of the University of Pittsburgh, and Guangxiang “George” Luo of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, describe a study done by researchers in China that suggests the new virus may have jumped from bats to snakes to people. The findings could help guide researchers in developing prevention protocols and treatments.

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Chinese cobra (Naja atra) with hood spread. Briston/Wikimedia

Snakes could be the original source of the new coronavirus outbreak in China

Haitao Guo, University of Pittsburgh; Guangxiang “George” Luo, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Shou-Jiang Gao, University of Pittsburgh

A new coronavirus related to SARS and MERS has now traveled from China to the United States. A genetic analysis reveals that this deadly pathogen may have originated in snakes.

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  • Can capitalism solve capitalism’s problems?

    Elizabeth Schmidt, University of Massachusetts Amherst

    As capitalism's image crumbles, many of the world's biggest companies are trying to give it new life by showing it can mean more than just making money.

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"As a scholar of socially responsible companies, however, I cannot help but notice a shift in corporate behavior in recent years. A new kind of capitalism seems to be emerging, one in which companies value communities, the environment and workers just as much as profits."


Can capitalism solve capitalism’s problems?


Elizabeth Schmidt

University of Massachusetts Amherst

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