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The virome hunters

Nature Biotechnology volume 36, pages 916919 (2018) | Download Citation


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Ambitious efforts to catalog viruses across the globe may facilitate our understanding of viral communities and ecology, boost infectious disease diagnostics and surveillance, and spur new therapeutics. Charles Schmidt investigates.

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  • 18 December 2018

    In the version of this article initially published, the work of the PREDICT project was described incorrectly, and the associated citation was incorrect. The text that read "PREDICT scientists have sampled more than 70,000 animals and people in over 30 countries with high zoonotic disease risks, and the researchers have reported on the discovery of 1,000 virus species with the potential to infect human beings5" has been changed to "PREDICT scientists have sampled more than 70,000 animals and people in over 30 countries at high-risk interfaces and, using consensus PCR, have discovered close to 1,000 new virus species. In bats, for example, which are now believed to be the evolutionary source of viruses such as SARS and MERS, the group detected sequences from 91 coronaviruses in 20 countries5." Ref. 5 has been changed from Olival, K.J. et al. Nature 546, 646–650 (2017) to Anthony, S.J. et al. Virus Evol. 3, vex012 (2017). The errors have been corrected in the HTML and PDF versions of the article.


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