Videos and articles: In January/February 2020, China claimed that the Wuhan coronavirus was created by the U.S. to attack China…

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*Before you watch the videos or read the report, read the article from The NIH Director: Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19.

His view is that Covid-19 was neither created nor modified.

I would add “Neither the USA nor China created it.

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NIH Director’s Blog

Genomic Study Points to Natural Origin of COVID-19

Posted on March 26th, 2020 by Dr. Francis Collins

No matter where you go online these days, there’s bound to be discussion of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Some folks are even making outrageous claims that the new coronavirus causing the pandemic was engineered in a lab and deliberately released to make people sick. A new study debunks such claims by providing scientific evidence that this novel coronavirus arose naturally.

The reassuring findings are the result of genomic analyses conducted by an international research team, partly supported by NIH. In their study in the journal Nature Medicine, Kristian Andersen, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA; Robert Garry, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans; and their colleagues used sophisticated bioinformatic tools to compare publicly available genomic data from several coronaviruses, including the new one that causes COVID-19.

The researchers began by homing in on the parts of the coronavirus genomes that encode the spike proteins that give this family of viruses their distinctive crown-like appearance. (By the way, “corona” is Latin for “crown.”) All coronaviruses rely on spike proteins to infect other cells. But, over time, each coronavirus has fashioned these proteins a little differently, and the evolutionary clues about these modifications are spelled out in their genomes.

The genomic data of the new coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 show that its spike protein contains some unique adaptations. One of these adaptations provides special ability of this coronavirus to bind to a specific protein on human cells called angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE2). A related coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in humans also seeks out ACE2.

Existing computer models predicted that the new coronavirus would not bind to ACE2 as well as the SARS virus. However, to their surprise, the researchers found that the spike protein of the new coronavirus actually bound far better than computer predictions, likely because of natural selection on ACE2 that enabled the virus to take advantage of a previously unidentified alternate binding site. Researchers said this provides strong evidence that that new virus was not the product of purposeful manipulation in a lab. In fact, any bioengineer trying to design a coronavirus that threatened human health probably would never have chosen this particular conformation for a spike protein.

The researchers went on to analyze genomic data related to the overall molecular structure, or backbone, of the new coronavirus. Their analysis showed that the backbone of the new coronavirus’s genome most closely resembles that of a bat coronavirus discovered after the COVID-19 pandemic began. However, the region that binds ACE2 resembles a novel virus found in pangolins, a strange-looking animal sometimes called a scaly anteater. This provides additional evidence that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 almost certainly originated in nature. If the new coronavirus had been manufactured in a lab, scientists most likely would have used the backbones of coronaviruses already known to cause serious diseases in humans.

So, what is the natural origin of the novel coronavirus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic? The researchers don’t yet have a precise answer. But they do offer two possible scenarios.

In the first scenario, as the new coronavirus evolved in its natural hosts, possibly bats or pangolins, its spike proteins mutated to bind to molecules similar in structure to the human ACE2 protein, thereby enabling it to infect human cells. This scenario seems to fit other recent outbreaks of coronavirus-caused disease in humans, such as SARS, which arose from cat-like civets; and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which arose from camels.

The second scenario is that the new coronavirus crossed from animals into humans before it became capable of causing human disease. Then, as a result of gradual evolutionary changes over years or perhaps decades, the virus eventually gained the ability to spread from human-to-human and cause serious, often life-threatening disease.

Either way, this study leaves little room to refute a natural origin for COVID-19. And that’s a good thing because it helps us keep focused on what really matters: observing good hygiene, practicing social distancing, and supporting the efforts of all the dedicated health-care professionals and researchers who are working so hard to address this major public health challenge.

Finally, next time you come across something about COVID-19 online that disturbs or puzzles you, I suggest going to FEMA’s new Coronavirus Rumor Control web site. It may not have all the answers to your questions, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction in helping to distinguish rumors from facts.

Reference:
[1] The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2 . Andersen KG, Rambaut A, Lipkin WI, Holmes EC, Garry RF. Nat Med, 17 March 2020. [Epub ahead of publication]

Links:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) (NIH)

COVID-19, MERS & SARS (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases/NIH)

Andersen Lab  (Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA)

Robert Garry  (Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans)

Coronavirus Rumor Control (FEMA)

NIH Support: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; National Human Genome Research Institute

https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2020/03/26/genomic-research-points-to-natural-origin-of-covid-19/

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CCP says Wuhan coronavirus was created by the U.S. to attack China

喜马拉雅翻译组 Himalaya FYZ

喜马拉雅翻译组 Himalaya FYZ Feb. 03

Last updated at 8 PM ET on Monday, Feb 3.

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CCP says Wuhan coronavirus was created by the U.S. to attack China

喜马拉雅翻译组 Himalaya FYZ

喜马拉雅翻译组 Himalaya FYZ Feb. 03

Last updated at 8 PM ET on Monday, Feb 3.

In this propaganda video spread on WeChat, the Chinese Communist Party says that the Wuhan coronavirus was created by the U.S. to attack China.

English transcript from the video:

Chinese scientists uncovered terrible secrets. Four proteins identified in the virus were changed for a precision attack — specifically against genes found in Chinese people. 

Multiple research papers analyzing the novel coronavirus have already concluded that this virus could not have come from the natural world. Finally, the evidence is here. 

On January 21st, three researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences published a joint paper in the “Science China Life Sciences” journal, written in English. They revealed the truth about the novel coronavirus, so please watch this news closely. 

There were three researchers who found this information — Pei Hao, a researcher from Institute Pasteur of Shanghai and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wu Zhong, a researcher from National Engineering Research Center for the Emergence Drugs, Academy of Military Medical Sciences, and Xuan Li, a researcher from Key Laboratory of Synthetic Biology, CAS Center for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences. 

Together, they published a joint paper in “Science China Life Sciences” online journal in English to provide a scientific and academic explanation for the evolution, source, and human transmission of the Wuhan novel coronavirus.

The most important conclusion of the findings is this: 

even though four of Wuhan CoV’s most important proteins (interface amino acid residues) have been changed, the Wuhan novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) has been found to have a significant binding affinity to human ACE2. 

The researchers were shocked when they compared the SARS S-protein with Wuhan CoV’s S-protein and found that it doesn’t alter the structural composition of the virus even though four amino acids were replaced. 

The 3-D structures identified in the RBD domain are almost identical — so, it is no wonder that the Wuhan CoV’s similarity to SARS can easily mislead people into believing that it is SARS. 

This research points to an important discovery that the Wuhan CoV S-protein supports strong interaction with human ACE2 molecules, which can lead to infecting the epithelial cells in the upper respiratory tract. 

This discovery also told us that Wuhan CoV is highly contagious by design.

This research has laid a theoretical foundation for China to develop control, test, and intervention of Wuhan CoV in a scientific way. 

After reading the research report, people are outraged in disbelief. 

The key point of all these findings is that “four of the important S-protein have been replaced in Wuhan Coronavirus”.

First, the purpose is to disguise Wuhan CoV as SARS to make it more difficult for medical researchers and doctors to differentiate it from SARS. This misleads them into taking SARS-like prevention measures, which can result in the delay of treatment and increased spread of the virus. 

Secondly, it is so contagious that it spreads rapidly by design.

Can this type of crime through biotechnology against humanity be committed by bats or bamboo rats? 

Ten thousand years of evolution cannot produce this type of precise altering of four important S-proteins! 

The fact that the Wuhan virus was created in a lab under human influence Is indisputable. This is inhumane to the extreme.

In 2010, China won the battle against the SARS virus. 

In 2015, the PLA hospital won battles against the Ebola virus in Africa. 

This time, our enemy picked Chinese New Year for a new viral outbreak. 

We are facing a new challenge. 

All medical research and epidemic prevention personnel in our country have entered a war-ready state. 

All the people in the country are on high alert and are combat-ready. 

The Chinese people will win this war. 

The perpetrators will be punished by heaven. 

The imperialists never stop destroying, attacking or trying to contain us. 

The fast rise of China makes the imperialists tear down all their disguises to attack us openly. 

Our enemies are reckless and unscrupulous, so we must fight back reciprocally. 

Let’s emphasize again. We are human. We must do it in a human way. “A tooth for a tooth”, “blood for blood”. 

Look at the American’s shocking plan from SARS to Wuhan pneumonia! 

Sixteen years after the last SARS epidemic, a novel coronavirus mysterious emerged in China…

https://gnews.org/101180/

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