COVID-19 has a slightly different gene from SARS-CoV but we cannot fully confirm that its similar to that of HIV yet.
Thailand Medical News quoted Professor Ruan Jishou, a prominent virologist and genomicist as saying in a phone interview that this finding suggests that 2019-nCoV coronavirus may be significantly different from the SARS coronavirus in the infection pathway and has the added potency of using the packing mechanisms of other viruses such as HIV. He added that the binding method is more than 1,000 times efficient.
Another research conducted by Professor Li Hua, another prominent virologist and genetic specialist, and his team from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, Hubei province, also confirmed Professor Ruan’s findings. But these researches are yet to peer-reviewed and may undergo changes.
Therefore we can say that COVID-19 has a different gene from SARS-CoV but we cannot fully confirm that its similar to that of HIV.
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