How easily does the coronavirus jump from minks and other animals to humans? Researchers are working hard to figure out how the virus functions. Part of the answer lies in the ACE receptor. ‘We suspect that that receptor in minks resembles the one in humans.’
Researchers still know relatively little about how the coronavirus functions biologically. ‘But research has already shown that the ACE receptor is an important factor in infections with the new virus,’ says special professor Wim van der Poel, who researches Emerging and Zoonotic Viruses at Wageningen Bioveterinary Research (WBVR).