Colin Brazier on possible Chinese 'cover-up' of COVID origin

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A team of researchers from Germany and the US have made the bombshell claim that COVID-19 was manufactured in a laboratory. They made their controversial case after identifying what they believe is an artificial pattern of “restriction sites” in the coronavirus genome. These sites, they explained, are used by scientists to assemble genomes from DNA building blocks — with such a manufacturing process leaving a distinctive fingerprint.

The study was undertaken by molecular immunologist Dr Valentin Bruttel of the University Clinics of Würzburg, computational biologist Dr Alex Washburne of Selva Analytics in Bozeman, Montana and biophysicist Prof. Antonius VanDongen of Duke University.

They wrote: “We find that SARS-CoV-2 is an anomaly, more likely a product of synthetic genome assembly than natural evolution.

“The restriction map of SARS-CoV-2 is consistent with many previously reported synthetic coronavirus genomes, meets all the criteria required for an efficient reverse genetic system, differs from closest relatives by a significantly higher rate of synonymous mutations in these synthetic-looking recognitions sites, and has a synthetic fingerprint unlikely to have evolved from its close relatives.

There is, they concluded, “a high likelihood that SARSCoV-2 may have originated as an infectious clone assembled in vitro.”

A preprint of the researchers’ article, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, can be read on the bioRxiv repository.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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