Biologists make first mouse model for MERS


Mice with human receptor for coronavirus provide a faster way to test vaccines.

A remedy for Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), the coronavirus outbreak from Saudi Arabia that has killed 77 of the 180 people who have contracted it, has so far eluded researchers. But they have now created the first mouse model of the disease, which could enable faster testing of drugs and vaccines. The method used to make mice susceptible to MERS might also provide a quick way to study future pandemic viruses in mice.


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