Scientists launch ambitious plan to find viruses lurking in wildlife that could cause future pandemics

By Angelica LaVito

Scientists want to identify viral threats lurking in the wild.

Zoonoses like Ebola, SARS and Zika are viruses that originate in animals and can spread to humans. They can kill swaths of people and cost billions to contain and prevent from happening again. Most aren’t known until they spark deadly emergencies.

Scientists only know 263 viruses that have infected humans. The Global Virome Project estimates there are 263,000 unknown viruses in wildlife capable of…

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