Did Corona Virus Leak From a Research Lab?

Experts know the new coronavirus is not a bioweapon. They disagree on whether it could have leaked from a research lab

I wonder if this is a fringe idea or not. Sounds fringe…

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Which reminds me: why has none of the recent chloroquine controversy mentioned Michael Behe?

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Chimera’s occur naturally, so even if that were true, it wouldn’t tell us it was from a research lab.

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No, I just thought it was interesting and related. Although it sounds to me that such an origin would suggest an accidental and natural source–would they likely be studying a virus with those precise properties, and would we be likely to know if they had been? It seems the strongest evidence is that "Ebright points out that scientists in Wuhan have collected and publicized a bat coronavirus called RaTG13, one that is 96 percent genetically similar to SARS-CoV-2. ", but that isn’t close to telling us anything definitive is it? I strongly suspect if there is as of yet uncovered evidence of an accidental release, the Chinese will be making sure it stays good and covered. Or would it be very difficult to conceal such evidence, suggesting that it wasn’t likely released from the lab?

It seems that evidence points to a wet market in Wuhan…

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We’ve heard that a lot, but it doesn’t seem very definite. Is there clear evidence? It sounds plausible with various wild animals held in close proximity there in cages, but it can happen in the wild as well, can’t it? The wild is a lot bigger :slight_smile: I keep wondering if people just put two and two together and said “well they have all those animals in there, and it’s in Wuhan, so…” and it’s taken on a life of its own.

So uncertain and ‘radioactive’ a topic, I don’t think I’d make a post about it…

A paper in 2007 warned about this exact situation.

The findings that horseshoe bats are the natural reservoir for SARS-CoV-like virus and that civets are the amplification host highlight the importance of wildlife and biosecurity in farms and wet markets, which can serve as the source and amplification centers for emerging infections.

The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored.

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