- Hi, Jeff...
- The nucleotide/genomic sequences of SARS has been published.
I've done some preliminary comparision of SARS DNA code to presently known
virus DNA codes. The results of this preliminary comparison are below.
- What I can say from this preliminary comparison is this:
SARS is not your normal virus at all. It has bits and pieces of several
coronaviruses but it also has DNA in it that does not match any known virus
at all. It is my guess that this virus may cause persistent infection
in some people and may be transmissable by blood transfusion products,
as well. As of 4/12/03, there were 2960 persons infected worldwide and
- It will be very important to determine for sure that
persons who have survived the initial disease do not continue to retain
the virus and are not contagious. I am pretty sure, not certain, however,
that this agent will cause neurological problems in infected persons.
- This is a serious situation. While I cannot say it is
a biological warfare agent or even an un-natural agent at this point, it
looks pretty strange to find a new agent that has bits and pieces of many
coronaviruses and also contains DNA that shows no relationship to any known
- Bob Lee