Ambitious Global Virome Project Could Mark End of Pandemic Era

Lyle's flying foxes bats
Bats, called Lyle's flying foxes, hang from a tree in Cambodia. Bat viruses can spill over into humans, resulting in new emerging diseases. (Kathy West/UC Davis One Health Institute)

Rather than wait for viruses like Ebola, SARS and Zika to become outbreaks that force the world to react, a new global initiative seeks to proactively identify, prepare for and stop viral threats before they become pandemics.

The Global Virome Project, described in an article of the same name to be published Feb. 23 in the journal Science, is an international partnership to identify and halt the spread of the majority of the planet’s unknown viruses. Such an approach could mark the end of the “Pandemic Era,” the authors say.

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