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Civets Back on China's Menu

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Science  22 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5636, pp. 1031
DOI: 10.1126/science.301.5636.1031a

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TOKYO-- The masked palm civet, the obscure south Asian animal suspected of helping spread the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), is returning to Chinese markets, even though the World Health Organization has a team of experts working with its Chinese counterparts investigating a possible animal reservoir of SARS.