" Bats in China have all the ingredients to create a new SARS virus ," said researchers from WIV , Wuhan Institute of Virology. In 2017, in a paper on Sciencenews, these were the words of the researchers in an article that is now current. They claimed to have identified " all the genes to create a SARS coronavirus similar to the epidemic strain ", among 11 new virus strains collected in horseshoe bats. .
“After five years of investigating bats in a cave in southern China's Yunnan province, Zhengli Shi and colleagues discovered 11 new virus strains linked to SARS in horseshoe bats (especially Rhinolophus sinicus). Within the strains, the researchers found all of the genes to create a SARS coronavirus similar to the epidemic strain, says Shi, a virologist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
These new strains are more similar to the human version of SARS than previously identified bat viruses, says Matthew Frieman, a virologist at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. – PLOS pathogens
Here's what the National Pulse who picked up the article says:
The article, which was recently deleted from the Wuhan Institute of Virology website, also notes that Shi and his colleagues found that "many of the strains" could grow in human cells.
“By analyzing the complete genetic makeup of the new viruses, Shi and his colleagues retraced the steps that may have given rise to the original SARS virus. Some points in the DNA of viruses seem particularly prone to rearrangement, so remixing happens often. The study suggests that recombination between viruses has shaped the evolution of SARS, Baric says.
Many of the strains may already be growing in human cells, Shi's team found. This indicates that "there is a possibility that the viruses in these bats could affect people," says Frieman. "Whether they will or not, nobody knows."
Also in 2017, a sub-agency of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – led by Dr. Anthony Fauci – was funding a controversial grant to genetically modify bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China, without approval from a supervisory body. government, according to the Daily. caller. This comes after a temporary suspension of federal funding in 2014 for gain-of-function research by which COVID from bats was genetically manipulated to be more transmissible to humans. Four months prior to that decision, the NIH actually transferred this research to the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) via a grant to the non-profit EcoHealth Alliance, led by Peter Daszak.
Most notably, WIV “has been openly participating in function gain research in collaboration with US universities and institutions” for years under the leadership of Dr. Shi “Batwoman” Zhengli, according to Josh Rogin of the Washington Post.
In light of this last extensive documentation we can believe that:
a) a bat has accidentally infected an intermediate species, never identified and that this has gone to Wuhan to start the epidemic;
b) that while they were studying SARS-like viruses something went wrong at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and that the whole infection started from here, since they had been studying these bat viruses for three years.
We will never know the truth.
This is a machine translation of a post published on Scenari Economici at the URL https://scenarieconomici.it/nel-2017-sapevano-gia-tutto-sul-covid-a-wuhan/ on Sat, 19 Jun 2021 13:06:03 +0000.