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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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New York-based EcoHealth Alliance is providing technical assistance to animal husbandry dept through Gates Foundation grant, which officials say could be withdrawn soon.
Research group called DRASTIC is trawling the internet, comparing notes & putting up a concerted resistance to Chinese claims, supported by WHO, that SARS-CoV-2 has natural origins.
Group called DRASTIC spends months scouring internet to discover how Wuhan lab had been studying coronaviruses, including one that is genetically similar to SARS-CoV-2.
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