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Many Animal Species Vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 According to Genomic Analysis – SciTechDaily

A large number of mammals can potentially be infected by SARS-CoV-2 through their ACE2 receptors Some endangered species are at highest-risk for SARS-CoV-2 infection through ACE2 These species are potentially vulnerable to spillover of SARS-CoV-2 from humans …

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A new genomic study ranks the potential of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to bind to the ACE2 receptor site in 410 vertebrate animals. Old World primates and great apes, which have identical amino acids at the binding site as humans, are predicted to have a very high propensity for binding ACE2 and are likely susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Credit: Matt Verdolivo/UC Davis