UCL Division of Biosciences


Humans pass more viruses to other animals than we catch from them

27 March 2024

Humans pass on more viruses to domestic and wild animals than we catch from them, according to a major new analysis of viral genomes.


For the new paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, researchers in UGI analysed all publicly available viral genome sequences, to reconstruct where viruses have jumped from one host to infect another vertebrate species.

Link to UCL press article

Link to Nature Ecology & Evolution paper