Intestine 'organoid' grown in lab to study why bats live with viruses but don't get sick medicalxpress.com/ne...

Intestine 'organoid' grown in lab to study why bats live with viruses but don't get sick

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Tokyo University Of Agriculture

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Experiments attempting to explain why bats can be infected with many viruses at a time without succumbing to diseases such as COVID-19—knowledge that could help us to reduce the threat to humans of infectious disease—have struggled until now with the fact that live wild bats make poor research subjects. To overcome this obstacle, for the first time researchers have grown rousette bat "organoids," which reproduce intestines in vitro.