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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 man carrying a child, both wearing protective masks and raincoats, walk inside the Hankou railway station in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, in April 2020 | Bloomberg

Wuhan lab’s deleted data, unreported pneumonia cases — challenges to ‘natural’ origins of Covid

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.
Shoppers at a night market in Wuhan on 10 December

Story of how ‘amateur sleuths’ forced world to consider Wuhan lab leak theory about Covid

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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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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On acquisition spree, Byju’s buys higher education platform Great Learning for $600 mn

The acquisition marks an entry to higher education segment for Byju’s as it plans to combine its technology with Great Learning’s courses in areas such as design and cloud computing.

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‘Courage is to hold on’: How Kargil fighting turned 3 Army doctors into frontline soldiers

Vijay Kumar, Rajesh W. Adhau & V.V. Sharma were among doctors who won Sena Medal for Gallantry for playing pivotal role in reducing Indian casualties in the Kargil war.
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Like them or not, Taliban are a reality. India can deal with them if BJP resets its politics

Befriending the Taliban is possible, and pragmatic. It’s just that it calls for a big reset in the BJP’s domestic politics — a formula that goes beyond polarisation.