Covid-19: Scientists identify genes which help bats fight viruses

Genetic material which gives bats natural superpowers revealed for the first time

The raw genetic material that gives bats natural superpowers and a unique ability to adapt to their environment has, for the first time, been revealed. Photograph: Olivier Farcy

The raw genetic material that gives bats natural superpowers and a unique ability to adapt to their environment has, for the first time, been revealed. Photograph: Olivier Farcy

The raw genetic material that gives bats natural superpowers and a unique ability to adapt to their environment has, for the first time, been revealed.

This includes their ability to tolerate viruses, to fly, to use sound to move effortlessly in complete darkness, to tolerate deadly diseases, and to resist ageing and cancer.

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