Does corona come from a military laboratory? Strong criticism of the researcher
There are many rumors about the origin of the coronavirus. A Chinese virologist is now receiving criticism with a new laboratory theory.
- A Chinese virologist claimed to have found evidence that the coronavirus came from a military laboratory
- A 26-page paper states, among other things, that alternative theories about the origin of the novel coronavirus are “strictly censored”
- But scholars strongly criticize the credibility of the paper
Does the new type of coronavirus, from which over 930,000 people have died worldwide since the outbreak, may not come from an animal market in Wuhan, China – but from one Military labs? The Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan had this in a recently published scientific paper at least claimed.
However, several scientists now contradict the work. The US magazine “Newsweek” asked several independent scientists to review the alleged evidence. They conclude that the information provided by Dr. Li-Meng Yan are incorrect.
“The interpretations made are not supported by data, they are unfounded,” says British researcher Andrew Preston. He concludes: “No credibility can be attributed to this preprint in its current form.”
The controversial paper was published last Sunday by several scientists working with Yan at “Zenodo“, An online storage service for scientific datasets and publications, uploaded.
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So far, however, it has been a so-called one Preprint. Means: The professional world, in the form of independent scientists, the working paper with the title “Unusual features of the SARS-CoV-2 genome indicate a refined laboratory modification towards – rather than on a natural development “still evaluate and check.
- In the 26-page paper, the researchers write, among other things, that alternative theories about the origin of the novel coronavirus are “strictly censored”.
- However, Sars-CoV-2 shows biological characteristics that are incompatible with a naturally occurring, zoonotic virus.
- Zoonotic viruses are those that are transmitted from animals to humans.
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Her scientific publication presented genomic, structural and medical evidence that supports the popular theory of a of natural origin contradict the virus.
Instead, their investigations would suggest that Sars-CoV-2 is a laboratory product that has been made with the help of the “bat coronaviruses ZC45 and / or ZXC21”. This indicates, among other things, that it has a so-called cleavage point, which is missing in the type of corona viruses that occur in nature.
The process with which the novel coronavirus is said to have been manufactured in the laboratory is also simple and only takes “about six months.”
Their publication underscores the urgency of an “independent investigation in relevant laboratories”, the scientists continue to write. Because previously published data sets would support the theory of the natural origin of the virus, this would also have to be critically reviewed become.
Scientists also criticize the paper for being published by the Rule of Law Society – a sister company of the Rule of Law Foundation, which was founded by former US presidential adviser Steve Bannon, who was accused of fraud. (elik / fmg)