Did the coronavirus come from a lab?
The scientific consensus rejecting the virus being engineered is almost unanimous.
In a letter to Nature in March, a team in California led by microbiology professor Kristian Andersen said “the genetic data irrefutably shows that [COVID-19] is not derived from any previously used virus backbone” – in other words spliced sections of another known virus.
Far more likely, they suggested, was that the virus emerged naturally and became stronger through natural selection. “We propose two scenarios that can plausibly explain the origin of Sars-CoV-2: natural selection in an animal host before zoonotic [animal to human] transfer; and natural selection in humans following zoonotic transfer.”
How We Know The Coronavirus Wasn’t Made In A Lab
COVID-19 myths have spread just about as quickly as the disease itself. One myth in particular just won’t go away… that this virus is a man-made bioweapon. But by using the virus’ genetic sequence scientists have been able to debunk this myth once and for all.