"The outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that emerged in China in November 2002 was caused by a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV) that was detected in lungs, nasopharyngeal aspirates, and feces of infected patients. This outbreak in humans is striking because of the high rate of illness and death associated with it. The SARS-CoV outbreak likely resulted from zoonotic transmission, and natural animal reservoirs of viruses nearly identical to SARS-CoV increase the likelihood of its reemergence in humans." This article covers the technical aspects of experiments done related to the novel coronavirus.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/
Emerging Infectious Diseases (July 2004), v.10 no.7