Bats offer clues to treating COVID-19: To combat COVID-19, we need to regulate our immune systems to resemble those of bats

ScienceDaily | Jul 9, 2020 at 8:53 PM
  • Although humans experience adverse symptoms when afflicted with these pathogens, bats are remarkably able to tolerate viruses, and, additionally, live much longer than similar-sized land mammals.
  • In a review article published in the journal Cell Metabolism, the researchers — including Rochester biology professors Vera Gorbunova and Andrei Seluanov — outline the mechanisms underlying bats’ unique abilities and how these mechanisms may hold clues to developing new treatments for diseases in humans.
  • The researchers anticipate that studying bats’ immune systems will provide new targets for human therapies to fight diseases and aging.