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Sat Oct 16, 2021, 11:13 PM

3. Thank you for the info and links.

At this point, scientifically, there is no established cause for the evolution of SARS-CoV-2. Science is the most likely way to actually figure out how the virus came to exist, barring some confession from a human who caused a leak (or something similar).

I donít see why people are so obsessed with the Chinese lab leak hypothesis except that people need someone to blame. Humans are unhappy with "sh$t happens" as a cause. Iíd like to know the actual cause, too, but Iím withholding judgement until thereís further evidence.

I recently read an article about corona viruses found in bats (in northern Laos/Cambodia/Viet Nam, iirc) that had spike proteins genetically and physically very close to the spike on SARS-2 and could also bind pretty well to human ACE2 sites. There was some speculation that there might have been circulation in humans with asymptomatic or mild symptoms that helped SARS-2 develop the final changes that gave us Covid. The authors think a natural origin is not unlikely given their findings.

(Checks to see if I saved the link.) YES! Hereís link to the preprint article. https://assets.researchsquare.com/files/rs-871965/v1/986c09ca-d494-4a7c-a65b-9eec9c0a06b8.pdf?c=1631900665

And the Bloomberg article about the paper with further speculation by other scientists wrt human interactions before the pandemic hit.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-09-18/bats-in-laos-caves-harbor-closest-relatives-to-covid-19-virus

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