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Teaching Species Spillover: How viruses mutate and jump species

Species Spillover: How viruses mutate and jump species

Understanding how the tiger in the Bronx Zoo got sick and whether or not we can get sick from our pets requires a deeper understanding of how viruses work. I am a virologist, which means I study viruses and the diseases they cause. To explain what happened to the tiger, and the potential danger of your pets, I need to explain how viruses mutate and jump species.

Steve Wylie, Adjunct Associate Professor, Murdoch University
The Conversation

ESSENTIAL QUESTION:

Why do scientists think that pets are unlikely to transfer the coronavirus to owners?
STANDARDS:
RI.2 - Main Ideas, RI.4 - Key Terms & Tone, RI.7 - Diverse Media

DEPTH OF KNOWLEDGE (DOK) LEVELS:

2,3
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