‘Rare’ genome sequencing almost certainly proves COVID-19 was deliberately made in a Chinese lab before it leaked to the world, US experts claim in bombshell essay
- COVID-19 has the genome sequencing combination of ‘CGG-CGG’
- Two US experts say that no naturally occurring coronavirus has ever had that combination
- The ‘CGG-CGG’ combination is extremely rare, except when it used by scientists doing ‘gain-of-function’ in laboratories
- The experts conclude that it is more likely than not that the virus was therefore created in a lab
- In recent weeks, many of the world’s top scientists have pushed to determine whether the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology
Two U.S. experts have penned a damning essay saying the genome sequencing of COVID-19 strongly suggests that the virus was manufactured inside a Chinese laboratory.
Dr. Stephen Quay and Richard Muller, a physics professor at the University of California Berkeley, made the claim in The Wall Street Journal on Sunday, amid growing speculation that the coronavirus leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV).
‘The most compelling reason to favor the lab leak hypothesis is firmly based in science,’ the experts wrote, stating that ‘COVID-19 has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.’
Quay and Muller assert that the Wuhan lab was known for conducting ‘gain-of-function’ research where scientists would ‘intentionally supercharge viruses to increase lethality’.
COVID-19 has the genome sequencing ‘CGG-CGG’ – one of 36 sequencing patterns. That combination is commonly used by scientists in gain-of-function research, but is otherwise considered extremely ‘rare’.
The experts assert that no naturally occurring coronavirus – such as SARS or MERS – has ever had a CGG-CGG combination.
‘The CGG-CGG combination has never been found naturally. That means the common method of viruses picking up new skills, called recombination, cannot operate here,’ they wrote.
‘A virus simply cannot pick up a sequence from another virus if that sequence isn’t present in any other virus.’
Quay and Muller go on to state that those who believe COVID-19 began by being transferred from animals to humans ‘must explain why it happened to pick its least favorite combination: CGG-CGG. Why did it replicate the choice the lab’s gain-of-function researchers would have made?’
The pair conclude: ‘Yes, it could have happened randomly, through mutations. But do you believe that? At the minimum, this fact—that the coronavirus, with all its random possibilities, took the rare and unnatural combination used by human researchers—implies that the leading theory for the origin of the coronavirus must be laboratory escape.’
Dr. Stephen Quay and Richard Muller have penned a damning essay claiming the genome sequencing of COVID-19 strongly suggests that the virus was manufactured inside a Chinese laboratory
COVID-19 has the genome sequencing ‘CGG-CGG’ – one of 36 sequencing patterns. That combination is commonly used by scientists in gain-of-function research, but is otherwise considered extremely ‘rare’. Researchers are pictured inside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in January 2020
In recent weeks, many of the world’s top scientists have pushed to determine whether the virus was leaked from the WIV.
The lab leak theory was initially dismissed by many in the media and academic communities.
US President Joe Biden last week ordered intelligence agencies to launch a probe into whether COVID was man-made after all.
Circumstantial evidence has long raised questions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology, where researchers were known to be conducting experiments on bat coronavirus strains similar to the one responsible for COVID-19.
China insisted early and often that the virus did not leak from the lab, claiming that crossover to humans must have occurred at a ‘wet market’ in Wuhan that sold live animals.
Perhaps driven by animosity for Donald Trump, who embraced the lab leak theory early on, the mainstream U.S. media and academics heaped scorn on the possibility, calling it an unhinged conspiracy theory.
But new evidence, including reports of three workers at the Wuhan lab who fell seriously ill with COVID-like symptoms in November 2019, has forced a sober reassessment among doubters.
Frustration with China increased this week after Beijing said that it would not participate in any further investigations by the World Health Organization.
Biden rebuked China in his announcement of the new intelligence review, calling on allies to help ‘press China to participate in a full, transparent, evidence-based international investigation and to provide access to all relevant data and evidence.’
A worker is seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan back in 2017
Chinese military scientist ‘filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine BEFORE the virus was declared a global pandemic and worked closely with ‘bat woman’ at Wuhan institute’
A Chinese military scientist with ties to the United States reportedly filed a patent for a COVID-19 vaccine well before the disease was declared a global pandemic.
Yusen Zhou, who worked for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), lodged the paperwork on behalf of the Chinese political party on February 24 2020, according to The Australian newspaper.
Zhou is also said to have ‘worked closely’ with scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), including Shi Zhengli – the deputy director of the lab who is famous for her research on coronavirus in bats.
Their relationship is likely to strengthen speculation that the virus leaked from the lab and that China was aware that it was spreading between humans long before they alerted the international community.
Zhou mysteriously died less than three months after he filed the patent. The New York Post claims his death was only reported in one Chinese media report, despite the fact he was one of the country’s most prominent scientists.
Zhou had previously worked on research linked to the US institutions, including the University of Minnesota and the New York Blood Center, the newspaper reported.