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Thu Jun 3, 2021, 11:52 AM Jun 2021

The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19's Origins [View all]

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JUST POSTED: an epic, 11,000-word report from @KatherineEban on the COVID-19 lab-leak investigations inside and outside the U.S. government, complete with spine-tingling discoveries, furious infighting, and scoops and documents galore

The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins
Throughout 2020, the notion that the novel coronavirus leaked from a lab was off-limits. Those who dared to push for transparency say toxic politics and hidden agendas kept us in the dark.
3:03 AM · Jun 3, 2021


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Gilles Demaneuf is a data scientist with the Bank of New Zealand in Auckland. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome ten years ago, and believes it gives him a professional advantage. “I’m very good at finding patterns in data, when other people see nothing,” he says.

Early last spring, as cities worldwide were shutting down to halt the spread of COVID-19, Demaneuf, 52, began reading up on the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. The prevailing theory was that it had jumped from bats to some other species before making the leap to humans at a market in China, where some of the earliest cases appeared in late 2019. The Huanan wholesale market, in the city of Wuhan, is a complex of markets selling seafood, meat, fruit, and vegetables. A handful of vendors sold live wild animals—a possible source of the virus.

That wasn’t the only theory, though. Wuhan is also home to China’s foremost coronavirus research laboratory, housing one of the world’s largest collections of bat samples and bat-virus strains. The Wuhan Institute of Virology’s lead coronavirus researcher, Shi Zhengli, was among the first to identify horseshoe bats as the natural reservoirs for SARS-CoV, the virus that sparked an outbreak in 2002, killing 774 people and sickening more than 8,000 globally. After SARS, bats became a major subject of study for virologists around the world, and Shi became known in China as “Bat Woman” for her fearless exploration of their caves to collect samples. More recently, Shi and her colleagues at the WIV have performed high-profile experiments that made pathogens more infectious. Such research, known as “gain-of-function,” has generated heated controversy among virologists.

To some people, it seemed natural to ask whether the virus causing the global pandemic had somehow leaked from one of the WIV’s labs—a possibility Shi has strenuously denied.


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Vanity Fair once again with great reporting underpants Jun 2021 #1
Does it cover this? soothsayer Jun 2021 #2
The lab-leak hypothesis is viable but will remain unproven. dalton99a Jun 2021 #3
This. Will remain murky. soothsayer Jun 2021 #4
there is plenty that can be done FreddyWhite Jun 2021 #17
What if the lab leak were proven true? Would that lead to war? Initech Jun 2021 #5
Nah Sympthsical Jun 2021 #7
I got two hides because of this topic Sympthsical Jun 2021 #6
We seem to be tracking this at the same time underpants Jun 2021 #13
There are two major problems that people will fight to cover up Sympthsical Jun 2021 #16
EcoHealth Alliance smells like an intelligence operation Klaralven Jun 2021 #22
Did you see our "investigation"? Sympthsical Jun 2021 #23
There is also this about LLNL... Klaralven Jun 2021 #24
Trumpers had a vested political interest in proving the lab leak Sympthsical Jun 2021 #25
Trump was definitely a problem for people managing classified information Klaralven Jun 2021 #26
And it's creating problems now Sympthsical Jun 2021 #27
We owe it to our dead.. FreddyWhite Jun 2021 #18
I Could Make A Long List WHITT Jun 2021 #8
Get the data out. We need to get the truth out. Yavin4 Jun 2021 #9
It's likely the Spanish Flu of 1918 wasn't Spanish. hunter Jun 2021 #10
Trump weaponized it. lagomorph777 Jun 2021 #11
It seems to me that the production of this would be for prevention underpants Jun 2021 #12
Exactly. Downtown Hound Jun 2021 #14
Apparently there are some who want to give more ammo to the racist idiots. lagomorph777 Jun 2021 #15
Yes. You are right on all counts. roamer65 Jun 2021 #20
Given the nature of China politics. At such time as the current leader shows weakness Johonny Jun 2021 #19
The most likely outcome will be to classify gain-of-function and associated research Klaralven Jun 2021 #21
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