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  • Why pandemic researchers are talking about raccoon dogs : Short Wave
    by Emily Kwong,Thomas Lu,Rebecca Ramirez on March 23, 2023 at 4:10 am

    A few weeks ago, raw data gathered in Janaury 2020 from Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, China — the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic — was uploaded to an online virology database. It caught the attention of researchers. A new genetic analysis from an international team provides the strongest evidence yet for natural origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of one animal in particular: raccoon dogs. Short Wave co-host Emily Kwong talks with Katherine Wu, a staff writer at The Atlantic, who broke the story and explains the genetic evidence. To dive into emerging genetic evidence of this pandemic’s origins, read:- Crits-Christoph et. al (2023), Genetic evidence of susceptible wildlife in SARS-CoV-2 positive samples at the Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market, Wuhan: Analysis and interpretation of data released by the Chinese Center for Disease Control- Katherine Wu’s Atlantic article, The Strongest Evidence Yet That an Animal Started the Pandemic- Michaeleen Doucleff’s NPR reporting, What does science say about the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic?

  • The leaders of China and Russia have finished talks. Here are some takeaways
    by Emily Feng,Charles Maynes on March 22, 2023 at 9:03 am

    China’s Xi Jinping says he has a peace plan for Ukraine and wants to mediate an end to the war. Ukraine and its neighbors are skeptical.

  • China’s Xi Jinping flexes his diplomatic muscle with a visit to Moscow
    by John Ruwitch on March 20, 2023 at 2:07 am

    Analysts say China’s role as a mediator in the past suggests limits to what it may achieve when it comes to Ukraine.

  • South Korea has the world’s lowest fertility rate, a struggle with lessons for us all
    by Ashley Ahn on March 19, 2023 at 11:00 am

    South Korea’s government has moved aggressively to encourage more childbirth, but its ongoing struggles point to the complexity of a challenge that is only becoming more salient around the world.

  • Raccoon dogs may have been linked to the pandemic. What are they?
    by Kaitlyn Radde on March 18, 2023 at 3:40 pm

    The wild animals are more similar to foxes than to domesticated dogs. Data that suggested a link between raccoon dogs and the origins of the COVID pandemic was removed from an international database.

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