Coronavirus was not genetically engineered in a Wuhan lab, says expert
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Clive Cookson in Seattle YESTERDAY

A scientist at the forefront of an international effort to track the deadly coronavirus outbreak has shot down claims about the disease’s origins, including that it escaped from a Wuhan laboratory after being genetically engineered.

Trevor Bedford, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, rubbished stories circulating on social media that Covid-19 was created at Wuhan Institute of Virology or elsewhere in China, rumours that prompted the World Health Organization to warn of an “infodemic” of false news on the outbreak.

“There is no evidence whatsoever of genetic engineering that we can find,” he said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Seattle. “The evidence we have is that the mutations [in the virus] are completely consistent with natural evolution.” 

One source of rumours was a paper posted by scientists in India claiming that short insertions in the viral genome had an “uncanny similarity” to HIV. Although the paper was quickly withdrawn, its allegations live on in social media. 

The research was “wrong on many levels,” said Dr Bedford, whose lab studies the evolution of viruses. The genes it shares with HIV are extremely short sequences naturally shared by other organisms and “repeated again and again throughout the tree of life.” 

He also disputed claims that Covid-19 might have infected humans from snakes or even fish. The most likely scenario, based on genetic analysis, was that the virus was transmitted by a bat to another mammal between 20-70 years ago. This intermediary animal — not yet identified — passed it on to its first human host in the city of Wuhan in late November or early December 2019. 

Dr Bedford is a leader of the worldwide Nextstrain collaboration that began to analyse Covid-19 genomes when they were released in January by Fudan University and the Chinese Centre for Disease Control. By now scientists around the world have published the genetic sequence of virus taken from about 100 patients. 

They show mutations taking place at a slow pace as the infection passes from person to person. Typically the virus in one patient today is different in around five of the 30,000 biochemical letters of its genetic code, but these are random changes rather than any sign that it is becoming more virulent or infectious, Dr Bedford said...........




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Just cull all the bats
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Approval from the central government has been granted to allow the author together with other world known virus researchers to visit the P4 lab in Wuhan? Thinking
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15-2-2020 6:56 PM
ZhuMingQiang said:
Approval from the central government has been granted to allow the author together with other world known virus researchers to visit the P4 lab in Wuhan? Thinking

Are you in the list? Thinking
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15-2-2020 6:58 PM
orlando said:
Are you in the list? Thinking

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15-2-2020 7:00 PM
ZhuMingQiang said:
Do you have the info.? Thinking

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But what is far more interesting, and important, is that the paper was supported by China’s National Natural Science Foundation, which means that the paper would likely never see the light of day if someone in Beijing did not stand to gain politically by endorsing the contrarian theory that a Wuhan biolab was indeed the source of the infection.

Which begs the question: is China’s political elite set to change the narrative it has been spinning since day one about the origins of the coronavirus, and in order to appease an increasingly angry population, points the finger to one or more scientists at the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention and/or Wuhan Institute of Virology. Perhaps even the same scientists we highlighted two weeks ago, and which led to our twitter ban?
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CCP cannot contain the truth any further .
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Journalism is about covering important stories. With a pillow, until they stop moving
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15-2-2020 7:05 PM
Obamao said:
CCP cannot contain the truth any further .
Singapore based wumao working hard to make a decent living.

Your master knows all! Rolling on the flor laughing

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15-2-2020 7:02 PM
orlando said:
Yes! I heard from little birds that Trump wants you to [email protected] his balls! Laughing

Looks like you are being fed with little birds' poo and get an indigestion now............. Rolling on the flor laughing
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