The Biomedical Institute in Kinshasa and its research on emerging viruses

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The INRB's researchers are working on an early alert warning system to detect unknown viruses.

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The Biomedical Institute in Kinshasa and its research on emerging viruses

The institute's researchers are working on an early alert warning system to detect unknown viruses, by catching bats in the forest.

Story on the Biomedical Institute in Kinshasa (INRB), headed by the famous Jean-Jacques Muyembe, and its research on emerging viruses. The institute's researchers are working on an early alert warning system to detect unknown viruses, by catching bats in the forest with big nets and taking samples on them to analyse in their lab in Kinshasa. The goal is to see if they carry pathogens that could be transmissible to humans and start the next pandemic.

This is a story about the importance of investing in African science and scientists, and the interconnection between our health and the planet's health.

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