Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Contra Conspiracy

Ignore the conspiracy theories: scientists know Covid-19 wasn't created in a lab.

There is a lot to be upset with China over, including aspects of how they handled the pandemic. But it is extremely unlikely it was man made by them or anyone else. 

1 comment:

The Anti-Gnostic said...

And the claim in the earlier version of this paper to have proven “beyond reasonable doubt that the Covid-19 virus is engineered” was removed in the later version. This claim relied on an insertion in the genetic code for the spike protein of the virus, the place where the virus locks into our own cells. But the discovery of another novel bat coronavirus in southern China, very closely related to Sars-CoV-2, that includes a similar insertion shows this can evolve naturally.

I don't think this rules out that COVID-19 was engineered.

Either way, China needs to stop eating bats. The inter-species barrier is pretty reliable, where it's not being lowered by Chinese slaughtering exotics in large, filthy markets.