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Omicron variant appears in deer

White-tailed deer on Staten Island have tested positive for the Omicron variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It’s the first time the highly-contagious variant has been detected in wildlife and suggests the deer caught

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COVID virus found in Canadian deer

After the virus that causes COVID-19 showed up among white-tailed deer in the United States, scientists have detected it among wild deer in Canada. Tests of hunter-harvested deer have shown the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in

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Mouse may have served as Omicron host

Researchers have found that the Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 may have come through a mouse as an intermediate host. “These findings suggest that researchers should focus on SARS-CoV-2 variants isolated from

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Which species may spread COVID-19?

Researchers have created a computer model to help predict which mammal species are most likely to become infected with SARS-CoV-2. The virus, which causes COVID-19 in humans, can affect a variety of wildlife species. Three

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COVID-19 lockdowns brought out the birds

Nicola Koper had been studying the impacts of human development and traffic on wildlife for decades, often creating manipulative experiments to test how noise affects different species. When COVID-19 lockdowns began, she realized, so did