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Researchers with the Coronaviridae Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses today published in Nature Microbiology on the process of naming the new coronavirus at the center of a global outbreak. The virus was named severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) due to its close genetic relatedness to viruses in a species prototyped by SARS-CoV.

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