October, 2005

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Research Findings on SARS Published on Science

The results of a research Project made by an international joint research team consisted of mainly research fellows of CAS has demonstrated that bats carry SARS-like virus. Their work was published on Sep. 29 by Science . The joint research team consisted of Shi Zhengli, research fellow from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and Zhang Shuyi, research fellow from the Institute of Zoology of CAS, noticed in their research that bats have proved to be a natural host for viruses of some major animal-borne infection diseases, which could be infective to both men and animals while the bats infected basically by the virus themselves do not have clinical symptoms. Therefore, the research team traced the source of SARS virus to bats.

Similar findings by Hong Kong scientists were published on Sep. 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

China and USA Starts Joint Eco-Research of Wild Giant Pandas

Recently, China and the United States formally started a joint research project on the ecology of wild pandas in the Fu Ping Natural Reserve in Shanxi Province. This is another major cooperative project signed between the Institute of Zoology, CAS and t he San Diego Zoological Society, based on a long-term cooperation. This project will last for three years and the total fund is $660,000. The project is co-chaired by Wei Fuwen and Li Ming, research fellows from the Institute of Zoology, CAS. This research will not only reveal the formation of the modern geographical distribution of the giant pandas and differentiation and adaptation of populations in different areas in theory, but also in practice gather knowledge and experience necessary for raising pandas in pens and sending them back to nature. Choice of tracks by individuals in the process of pervasion will also help to instruct the recovery and construction of the ecological passages separating the habitats for the giant pandas.
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