More evidence for the lab leak theory
Not that you needed any
Eugyppius - who is great on Covid (if not Ukraine, though I know a lot of you are closer to his politics than mine on that issue) - has a great writeup on a new paper strongly supporting the theory Sars-Cov-2 was genetically modified in a lab.
In brief, Sars-Cov-2 contains several similarly sized genetic fragments glued together at regular intervals by what are known as restriction sites. This pattern is typical of lab-modified coronaviruses, NOT naturally occurring ones.
I was going to write my own long summary of the paper, which appeared last week, but Eugyppius does a bang-up job. Read his if you want more.
By the way: need more proof that this paper is correct? Kristian Andersen had a Twitter tantrum about it last week, saying it “wouldn’t pass kindergarten molecular biology.”
Remember Andersen? He’s the San Diego researcher who told Tony Fauci in January 2020 the virus was probably lab-created and then thought better of saying so after a mysterious conference call with Tony a couple of days later.
Here’s all you need to know: the paper Andersen hates, despite its esoteric title, is extremely well-written and intentionally accessible to the lay reader:
Endonuclease fingerprint indicates a synthetic origin of SARS-CoV-2
Andersen’s Twitter critique is not. It is an indirect attack on the paper that is essentially impossible for a non-virologist to understand. Which is probably a feature, not a bug. If he had a case that made sense to a lay reader, he’d make it.
Hey Kristian? I have one question for you, one very simple question.
Sars-Cov-2 made its appearance almost three years ago now. Where’s its animal host?