Friday, 21 January, 2022
TopicWuhan Institute of Virology

Topic: Wuhan Institute of Virology

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.

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.

Lab leak is the biggest suspect in 1977 flu pandemic. But it took 3 decades to gain currency

The 1977 pandemic — called the 'Russian Flu' — was caused by the Human influenza H1N1 virus. It came to be known as such because it was first reported by the erstwhile Soviet Union.

Before Wuhan row, how US-China created SARS-like virus in 2015 to show its pandemic potential

The 2015 study is an example of a ‘gain of function’ research that scientists from University of North Carolina in US & China's Wuhan Institute of Virology had been involved in for several years.

Virus labs need more oversight, even if Covid lab leak theory isn’t found true

There’s no convincing evidence that SARS-CoV-2 has been genetically manipulated, but it’s well known that scientists have manipulated other viruses to make them more dangerous.

Wondering how a killer virus can possibly leak out of a secure lab? This is how

There have been growing demands to investigate whether the Covid pandemic was caused by a virus leak & if yes, was it owing to  a biosecurity issue, or engineered to infect humans in the lab.

WHO global study on Covid origins ‘important first step’, says India

MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi also said the follow up of the WHO report and further studies deserve the 'understanding and cooperation of all'.

US to study ‘still-unexamined evidence’ to probe if Covid-19 leaked from Wuhan lab

In a statement, President Biden said while two elements of the intelligence community 'lean' toward the scenario that the virus emerged from human contact with infected animal, another points to a 'lab accident'.

What scientists now say on Covid origin in Wuhan lab and what they dismissed prematurely

Wuhan lab researchers created new viruses by using reverse genetics on bat coronaviruses. Some of this research was funded by the US.

What is gain of function? Research field back in focus as Covid linked to China ‘lab accident’

Gain of function research focuses on growing generations of microorganisms under conditions that cause mutations. For years, there has been an ethical debate around it.

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Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.