The University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the US government created the PREDICT project, a $200 million effort to find pandemic-potential viruses where they are endemic -- often in rainforests, which are hot spots because of their biodiversity. To date, PREDICT scientists have collected samples from over 74,000 animals worldwide and discovered almost 1,000 viruses in over 20 countries.

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