TINFOILHAT: Don’t believe conspiracy theories; coronavirus wasn’t created in a lab

Anderson and her collaborators found evidence in the virus’ spike-like proteins, which help the infection grab and penetrate animal cells, to determine that they “evolved to effectively target a molecular feature” specific to human cells. The function is so effective, in fact, that they believe only natural selection could have produced such an efficient virus.

The Scripps teams also note that anyone attempting to generate a new coronavirus on their own — in a lab, for instance — would have used a prior coronavirus as a template. But the structure of SARS-CoV-2, they found, was unlike any they had previously encountered in humans, and instead resembled those found in bats and pangolins. Scientists believe the virus may have originated in a bat.

Dr. Josie Golding, epidemics lead at UK-based Wellcome Trust, also told Scripps that their findings are “crucially important to bring an evidence-based view to the rumors that have been circulating about the origins of the virus (SARS-CoV-2) causing COVID-19.”

Source: Don’t believe conspiracy theories; coronavirus wasn’t created in a lab

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So, what about the report that there was Chinese bio lab 600 yards from the wild food market in Wuhan?

Didn’t anyone else see that report?

Awfully convenient!

Or will this be like the BBC report of WTC7 collapse 20 minutes before it did?

Why did the BBC report the WTC Building 7 collapse twenty minutes in advance of the event?

Sorry but all I can do is ask questions and recall “hot stories gone cold”!

I only know what I am told and the quote from a great Jurist —  “If it doesn’t make sense, it’s not true.” — Judge Judy!

This all doesn’t make sense.  Too coincidental.

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https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/debunking-nature-magazines-covid-19-definitely-didnt-come-lab-china-propaganda

Debunking Nature Magazine’s “COVID-19 Definitely Didn’t Come From A Lab” China Propaganda
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 03/20/2020 – 23:25

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Maybe you shouldn’t blindly believe everything you read? Even if the source has a pretty solid reputation?

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Below is a takedown of that article, and the good news is a much more nuanced and honest look at the origins of COVID-19, the Wuhan Strain of coronavirus is just a click away.

Thus, the high-affinity binding of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein to human ACE2 is most likely the result of natural selection on a human or human-like ACE2 that permits another optimal binding solution to arise. This is strong evidence that SARS-CoV-2 is not the product of purposeful manipulation.

As our report mentions right at the start, scientists passed the H5N1 Bird Flu through a series of ferret hosts until it gained ACE2 affinity and then became incredibly virulent, which is what’s seen with COVID-19 since its affinity to ACE2 is orders of magnitude higher than SARS. That process would leave a genome that appears “natural” and not purposeful as well since it wouldn’t leave a genomic smoking gun and would simply appear to be the result of “natural” selection. However the addition of artificial generations produced by this process of passing through ferrets in the lab would create a lot of genetic distance from any possible relatives – precisely what is seen in COVID-19: it forms its own clade and appears very distant from all other bat coronaviruses. So this is lazy research, they’re either unaware of the Bird Flu study or are willfully ignoring it.

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So I, your faithful blogger and resident curmudgeon don’t believe ANYTHING.  Even that sun will rise tomorrow morning.  (Best I can say is: “It appears to rise every morning”!)

As far as the Wuhan virus is concerned, it’s an ideal Conspiracy Theory.  Because whatever is advanced as “proof” or “evidence” is probably tempered by politics, politicians, and bureaucrats.

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