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Bats harbor many types of coronaviruses and were probably the original source of the new coronavirus that appeared in the Middle East. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A contractor designed the Squatty Potty to help his mother get closer to the squatting position on the john. Courtesy of Squatty Potty hide caption

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From left: Frank Wild, Ernest Shackleton, Dr. Eric Marshall and Jameson Adams head back to base camp after getting within 97 miles of the South Pole — closer than anyone had gotten before them — in January 1909. /Getty Images hide caption

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Fire department personnel, police officers and paramedics at the scene of a fatal collision on Highway 401 in Mississauga, Ontario, in July 2011. Stacey Newman/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Cheryl Gleasner, a research technologist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, works with a genome sequencing machine designed for disease surveillance. Since the SARS epidemic in 2003, advances in sequencing technologies have greatly speed up the ability to detect and track a new virus. Ross D. Franklin/AP hide caption

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Dr. Vanessa Kerry talks with her father, Sen. John Kerry, before he delivers a speech on health care in Boston. Chitose Suzuki/AP hide caption

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Just 10 to 15 minutes of counseling from primary care doctors can reduce the risk of "risky" drinking, a federal task force says. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A mural in an ancient tomb in China shows a troupe of eunuchs. How long did they live? Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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It will take a bigger money pile to pay for your health insurance again. Andrei Tchernov/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Sara Terry and her son, Christian, in Spring, Texas. After sequencing Christian's genome, doctors were able to diagnose him with a Noonan-like syndrome. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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