Australian Scientists Successfully Grow Wuhan Virus

Business Insider reports:

Scientists in Melbourne, Australia, have successfully grown the Wuhan coronavirus from a patient sample, which could help provide international experts with crucial information to beat the virus. It’s the first time the virus has been grown in a cell culture outside China.

The scientists come from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity — a joint venture between the Royal Melbourne Hospital and the University of Melbourne.

Dr. Julian Druce, the virus-identification laboratory head at the Doherty Institute, said the lab-grown coronavirus was a major breakthrough as it would allow accurate investigation and diagnosis of the virus around the world.