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Members of a University of Hong Kong-led team look at genetic diversity in Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) isolates from dromedary camels in Africa. Using whole-genome sequencing, phylogenetic analyses, and phenotypic profiling, the researchers assessed a MERS-CoV isolate from Morocco, three from Burkina Faso, nine Nigerian MERS-CoVs, and three isolates from Ethiopia, initially in dromedary camel nasal swabs by RT-PCR.

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