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Dr. Kennedy Coronaviruses are ubiquitous. They are the second leading cause of the common cold (after rhinoviruses). Soon after the start of the outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2002-2003, a coronavirus came under suspicion as one of the leading suspects and a new coronavirus was, in fact, discovered to be the agent responsible for SARS. Coronavirus is one of a group of RNA viruses, named because they look like a corona or halo when viewed under the electron microscope. The corona is due to an array of surface projections on the viral envelope. The coronavirus genome is a single strand of RNA 32 kilobases long and is the largest known RNA virus genome. Coronaviruses are also unusual in that they have the highest known frequency of recombination of any positive-strand RNA virus, combining genetic information from different sources. Members of the coronavirus family cause major illnesses among animals, including hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) in mice and gastroenteritis (inflammation of the digestive system) in pigs, and respiratory infections (in birds).



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