LONDON: Amid calls for a fresh investigation into the origins of Covid-19, an explosive new study found that Chinese scientists had developed the virus in a lab in Wuhan, then tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering versions of the virus to make it possible. as it naturally evolved from bats.
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 virus has no “incredible natural ancestry” and was created by Chinese scientists working on a “Gain of Function” project at a Wuhan lab, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday, citing a new research paper. by British professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr Birger Sorensen.
New research says scientists took a natural “backbone” of the coronavirus found in cave bats in China and inserted a new “spike” into it, making it lethal and especially carry Covid-19.
The paper also cites that the researchers found “unique fingerprints” in Covid-19 samples that they said could only be made from manipulation in a laboratory.
Authors Dalgleish and Sorensen wrote in their paper that they would have prima facie evidence of China’s retro-engineering in a year, but were ignored by academics and mainstream magazines, DailyMail.com reports.
The study called for “intentional destruction, concealment or contamination of data” in Chinese labs and recorded the silence and disappearance of Chinese scientists speaking about the activities.
The research, obtained by DailyMail.com, is expected to intensify the ongoing debate over China’s role in creating the virus that has claimed thousands of lives.
In a 22-page paper scheduled to be published in the scientific journal Quarterly Review of Biophysics Discovery, Dalgleish and Sorensen meet how Chinese scientists, some working with American universities, have built tools to enable coronavirus.
Intentionally, ‘Gain of Function’ projects, which involve tweaking natural viruses to make them more contagious, were banned by former US President Barack Obama.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Sorensen said that the four amino acids in the spike have a positive charge, causing the virus to tightly attach to the negatively charged parts of a person, which becomes you are more contagious.
Because positively charged amino acids are also eliminated individually, it is rare to find even three in a row of naturally occurring organisms, while four in a row ’is never possible. , he said.
“The laws of physics mean you can’t have four positively charged amino acids in a row. The only way you can get it is if you make it artificial,” Dalgleish told DailyMail.com.
“The implications of our historical construction, we are now positive without a doubt, of the deliberately manipulated chimeric virus SARS-CoV-2 that it is important to also consider what differences in Gain of Function experiments are acceptable in manners, “they wrote.
In the paper, the scientists wrote that a natural pandemic of the virus is expected to slowly mutate and be infectious but less pathogenic, which did not happen in the case of Covid-19.
Both Dalgleish and Sorensen say that after the pandemic started, Chinese scientists took samples of the COVID-19 virus and ‘engineered’ it, showing that it changes naturally.
“We thought there were retro-engineered viruses created. They modified the virus, then tested it to be there for the next year,” Dalgleish told DailyMail.com.
Scientists also point out that Chinese scientists who seek to share what they know have neither made nor lost.
Sorensen said he believes the virus escaped from the institute’s low -security area, where he believes the Gain of Function research was conducted, DailyMail.com reports.
“We’ve seen the infiltrations in the lab and we know it’s happening. We also know from the reports we’ve seen, that the coronavirus is made in Biosafety Level 2 or 3 labs. If they do the Gain of Function in labs, what do you expect? ”he said.
In February 2020, Botao Xiao, a researcher in molecular biomechanics at South China University of Technology, published a paper claiming that “the killer coronavirus may have originated in a laboratory in Wuhan,” highlighting the issues of institute safety. However, he took over the role a few weeks ago after Chinese authorities denied any accidents in the lab.
Dalgleish added to DailyMail.com that he believes China’s opposition to the theory that COVID-19 is a man-made, escaped virus comes from scientists who fear the revelation could shut down their field.
“It’s like a weak defense to protect discipline so that this kind of genetic engineering doesn’t get in the way. I haven’t made bones about it. Gain of Function engineering should have been banned in advance,” he said.
Despite former MI6 chief Sir Richard Dearlove telling the public that the scientists ’theory needed to be investigated, they said their research was rejected by major science journals arguing that the virus naturally jumped from the bats, DailyMail.com reports.
However, leading academics, politicians and the media have already begun to consider the possibility that Covid -19 escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China – where experiments included manipulating viruses to increase their infectious disease to study their potential impact on humans.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden on May 26 said he asked the U.S. intelligence community to “redouble their efforts” to end the origins of Covid-19 and report it back to him in the 90’s. days.
China’s state media rejected the idea that Covid-19 came from there and said it was “a conspiracy made by U.S. intelligence agencies”
A few days ago, an article was published in the Wall Street Journal which revealed that three researchers at the Wuhan Institute fell ill in November 2019 and had to be hospitalized. The report is based on previously disclosed U.S. intelligence. The researchers were admitted to the hospital a month before China reported the first case of Covid-19.
The revelation has sparked debate and raised questions as to whether China knew of the virus’s deadly nature before it was announced to the world.
Recently, a New York Times science journalist Nicholas Wade published an article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in which he argued that the evidence is stronger than a virus released from a lab than it happens naturally.
In a detailed report, Wade said most of the work by Chinese virologists in claiming usability of coronaviruses is done in the lab at the BSL2 safety level, which requires little safety precautions. The pandemic erupted in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December 2019. “For the lab escape scenario, a Wuhan source for the virus was excluded.
Prior to this, an Australian daily revealed that Chinese scientists were thinking about biowe weapons, imagining a World War-III scenario. The Weekend Australia newspaper quoted a Chinese government document that discussed the development of a SARS coronavirus weapon.
In addition to DailyMail.com China installed the first of the planned five to seven Biolabs in Wuhan in 2017 for the purpose of studying more dangerous pathogens, including Ebola and SARS viruses .
In March, World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus also called for further studies after releasing an uncertain report about a field visit by an international team to Wuhan to research on the origins of Covid-19, citing difficulties in accessing raw data.