An-Najah News - According to a new study from the University of California, Davis.humans are not the only species facing a potential threat from SARS-CoV-2
An international team of scientists used genomic analysis to compare the main cellular receptor for the virus in humans
The researchers used these 25 amino acid sequences of the ACE2 protein, and modeling of its predicted protein structure together with the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, to evaluate how many of these amino acids are found in the ACE2 protein of the different species.
Joana Damas, first author for the paper and a postdoctoral research associate at UC Davis said "Animals with all 25 amino acid residues matching the human protein are predicted to be at the highest risk for contracting SARS-CoV-2.
About 40 percent of the species potentially susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 are classified as "threatened" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Endangered species predicted to be at risk