First-time reconstruction of infectious bat influenza viruses

Now a team at the Institute for Virology of the Medical Center – University of Freiburg, Germany, together with scientists from Switzerland and the USA, report a break-through in isolating a bat influenza virus by reconstituting fully functional bat influenza viruses in the laboratory. Unexpectedly, the bat influenza viruses infected not only bat cells but also dog and human cells. A corresponding study was published online on October 24, 2016, in the renowned journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS). (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)