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The Wuhan Institute of Virology | Graphic by Ramandeep Kaur

Hundreds of viruses, decade to build: Story of Wuhan lab at centre of Covid leak suspicion

Wuhan Institute of Virology's P4 lab was intended to prevent outbreaks like SARS in 2003. Built with French engineering, the state-of-the-art facility took off from the French P4 lab in Lyon.
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Covid lab leak theory back in focus, Republican report says evidence points to Wuhan institute

Report says there's 'ample evidence' that proves the Wuhan Institute of Virology scientists were working to modify coronaviruses to infect humans. Republicans call for bipartisan probe.
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Bioweapons research is banned by international treaty – but no one is checking for violations

Biological weapons programs are more difficult to detect than nuclear or chemical ones, which typically require large facilities and numerous personnel.
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Origin of Covid mirrors SARS genesis in animals, study finds

Melbourne: Early Covid-19 cases traced to markets in Wuhan, China, mirror the initial spread of SARS 17 years earlier, scientists said in a paper that concludes that an animal contagion is the most likely explanation for the pandemic’s genesis. The epidemiological history of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is comparable to previous animal market-associated outbreaks of coronaviruses and offers a simple route for human exposure, Edward Holmes, Andrew Rambaut and 19 other researchers said in a review of the scientific evidence pertaining to the pandemic’s origins. The paper was released Wednesday ahead of peer review, and is being prepared for submission to a journal for publication, one of the authors said. It gives a detailed explanation for SARS-CoV-2’s genetic signatures, early epidemiology and research undertaken at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. “It’s the first really systematic sift through all the data,” Holmes, a laureate professor who studies evolutionary biology at the University of Sydney,...

‘There was nothing strange’ – the last-and-only-foreign scientist at Wuhan lab speaks out

Virologist Danielle Anderson says half-truths have obscured an accurate accounting of Wuhan lab’s functions, but she does think an investigation is needed to nail down virus’s origin.
One of the theories behind the Covid-19 outbreak is that a virus leaked out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during 'gain of function' research | Photo: Commons

Lab leak or natural? How the evidence stacks up in the coronavirus origin investigation

ThePrint takes you through the arguments and counter-arguments in the Covid lab leak theory. The jury is still out on whether the pandemic virus has a natural origin or otherwise.
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I was sceptical of ‘lab leak’ theory. But new info, China’s cover-up made me see differently

The Occam’s Razor argument — the likeliest explanation — keeps shifting in the direction of the Wuhan lab, writes former New York Times' lead reporter for Covid-19 pandemic.

China’s Wuhan story unravels as world’s finest, including from India, nail Covid lab-leak proof

The global hunt for where the virus behind pandemic came from shows science, democracy and a sense of inquiry can overcome politics, ideology and omerta codes.
(Representational Image) walk with umbrellas past stores in Wuhan on 30 April | Photo: Qilai Shen | Bloomberg

What world wants China to disclose in Wuhan lab leak probe

G7 leaders are set to call for a fresh WHO-convened study into coronavirus origins. Yet so far they’ve been vague on what exactly they want.
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EcoHealth of US, under fire for Wuhan lab link, is working with Modi govt since Aug 2020

New York-based EcoHealth Alliance is providing technical assistance to animal husbandry dept through Gates Foundation grant, which officials say could be withdrawn soon.
A file photo of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai | Photo: Commons

Peng Shuai saga shows Communist Party doesn’t want US-style #MeToo movement in China

Peng, a former Wimbledon champion, has disappeared since she penned a social media post accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual misconduct.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.