Global Virome Project Aims To Identify Unknown Zoonotic Diseases, Provide Data For Epidemic Responses

CNBC: Scientists launch an ambitious effort to find viruses lurking in the wild that could cause pandemics
“Scientists want to identify viral threats lurking in the wild. … Scientists only know 263 such viruses that have infected humans. The Global Virome Project estimates that 263,000 unknown viruses in wildlife are capable of infecting people, meaning researchers know of about 0.1 percent of them. The international partnership also estimates the total number of viruses in wildlife is 1.7 million, and that finding all of them would cost about $7 billion. It wants to find 71 percent of the unknown viruses, an effort it estimates will cost $1.2 billion over a 10-year period…” (LaVito, 2/26).

Drovers: Global Virome Project Aims to Prevent Pandemics
“…Researchers from several participating institutions, led by Dr. Dennis Carroll, director of global health security and development at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recently published the article in the journal Science. The Global Virome Project builds on the USAID’s PREDICT program, which has found more than 1,000 unique viruses in animals and humans. This viral discovery program is led by Dr. Jonna Mazet, the paper’s anchor author and executive director of the One Health Institute at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine…” (Maday, 2/26).

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