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Apr 8, 2020

Bat Man: Hunting Down COVID-19 and other Deadly Viruses

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If you’re curious about the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic and its relationship to animals, I’d like to recommend an excellent interview with a bat virus expert who was in Wuhan, China at ground zero in mid-January. He has been involved in a series of investigations of viral epidemics since the mid-1990s.


Ira Pastor, ideaXme life sciences ambassador, interviews Dr. Linfa Wang, director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at the collaborative Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School in Singapore.

Ira Pastor Comments:

As we sit here in 2020 in the middle of the COVID-19 global pandemic, we’re hearing terms like “zoonotic disease,” “viral spillover,” “intermediate species,“as well as quite a bit of references to bats, the potential natural reservoir of COVID-19 virus.

As such, a leading global thought leader at the epicenter of these domains has taken the time out of his busy schedule to join us for our episode today.

Dr. Linfa Wang, PhD, is the director of the Program in Emerging Infectious Diseases at the collaborative Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School, in Singapore.

Dr. Wang obtained his PhD at the University of California, Davis and conducted his early research at the Monash Centre for Molecular Biology and Medicine In Australia.

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