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29 Jan 2020

2019 novel coronavirus press conference video

Scientists from the Doherty Institute have successfully grown the 2019 novel coronavirus from a patient sample, which will provide expert international laboratories with crucial information to help combat the virus. 


  • Professor Christine Kilpatrick, CEO of the Royal Melbourne Hospital
  • Dr Mike Catton, Deputy Director of the Doherty Institute and Director of the Royal Melbourne Hospital’s Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory at the Doherty Institute
  • Dr Julian Druce, Virus Identification Laboratory Head at the Royal Melbourne Hospital's Victorian Infectious Disease Reference Laboratory at the Doherty Institute