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Why the world needs more transparency on the origins of novel pathogens

A team of researchers wearing full PPE catch bats at dusk

Researchers catch bats emerging from a cave in Thailand to test them for coronaviruses. Credit: Adam Dean/New York Times/Redux/eyevine

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Nature 618, 27-29 (2023)



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