According to researchers they said the scaly animals have 99% genetic similar sequences to that circulating viruses.
The Researchers in Guangzhou, China, have suggested that pangolins — long-snouted, ant-eating mammals are mostly used in traditional Chinese medicine — pangolin are the possible animal source of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 30,000 peoples majorly in china.
According the the scientists, they said, based on a genetic analysis, seems possible – but researchers are still working just to be fully sure.
“The observation is ofcourse a good one mainly because that pangolins carry viruses that are closely related to 2019-nCoV,” says Edward Holmes, an evolutionary virologist at the University of Sydney, Australia.
The Coronaviruses are known to circulate through mammals and birds, and scientists have already suggested that nCoV-2019 originally came from bats, a proposal based on the similarity of its genetic sequence to those of other known coronaviruses.
According to researchers they said the virus was transmitted to humans by another animals.
The coronavirus that caused severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, spread from bats to civet cats to humans .
Two researchers from Agricultural University in Guangzhou, Yongyi and Xiao Lihua, said; pangolin as the potential source of nCoV-2019 on the basis of a genetic comparison of coronaviruses infected from the animals and from humans.
The sequences are 99% similar, the researchers reported at press conference on 7 February.
A researchers have exposed that coronaviruses are a possible cause of death in pangolins , and that nCoV-2019 and coronaviruses from pangolins use receptors with similar molecular structures to infect the cells.
Pangolin is an intermediate species for the virus, so it is indeed a good job done for that researchers have found such a close sequence, says; David Robertson, a computational virologist at the University of Glasgow, UK.
This animals are protected animals, but illegal trafficking is widespread, and some species are critically endangered.
They are sold, controversially, for their meat and scales, and for use in traditional Chinese medicine, the animal patrs are being used to treat ailments such as skin diseases, menstrual disorders and arthritis.
Chinese law states that people selling pangolins can be punished by 10 years or more in prison.
This coronavirus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, and is said its been infected to humans through seafood and wild-animal market, where many of the first people to become infected worked. Last month, scientists in Beijing claimed that snakes were the source of nCoV-2019 , but that theory was dismissed by other researchers.