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Here's some more, from somebody who relies on public sources, not US government officials who want to plant something in the WSJ/NYT. I do wonder how meaningful this part is
Along with what we now call SARS-CoV-2, her paper also reported the genome sequence of a closely related (96.2% identical) bat virus. The authors called this virus RaTG13. To this day RaTG13 is still the closest known viral genome by far to SARS-CoV-2.
Isn't that the same as the difference between us and chimpanzees?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sat Jun 5th, 2021 at 06:57:26 PM EST
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RaTG13 is discussed at length in both articles, actually.

The bottom line is still: we cannot know for sure (and we may never). From Wade:

Where we are so far. Neither the natural emergence nor the lab escape hypothesis can yet be ruled out. There is still no direct evidence for either. So no definitive conclusion can be reached.
by Bernard on Sat Jun 5th, 2021 at 08:26:49 PM EST
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Lethal Pneumonia Cases in Mojiang Miners (2012) and the Mineshaft Could Provide Important Clues to the Origin of SARS-CoV-2 | Oct. 20, 2020 |

(Ref: 12) Wuhan coronavirus hunter Shi Zhengli speaks out

Shi stressed that over the past 15 years, her lab has isolated and grown in culture only three bat coronaviruses related to one that infected humans: the agent that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which erupted in 2003. The more than 2000 other bat coronaviruses the lab has detected, including one that is 96.2% identical to SARS-CoV-2, are simply genetic sequences that her team has extracted from fecal samples and oral and anal swabs of the animals. She also noted that all staff and students in her lab recently tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, challenging the notion that one of them triggered the pandemic.

In particular, would like to thank Professor Anand Rahalkar, MD radiology, Bharti Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India, for reviewing the X-rays and CT scans from the Master's thesis by Li Xu (2013). We would like to specifically thank the reviewers and the editors for their valuable comments. An earlier version of the paper has been published as a pre-print on May 24, 2020 by Rahalkar and Bahulikar (8).

Conspiracy theorist Jonathan Latham, PhD was quite busy publicizing from a paper mid 2020 not yet peer reviewed.

The WHO delegation of independent international researchers came to their conclusion of a lab accident as highly unlikely after a visit to Wuhan in Jan/Feb this year.

by Oui on Wed Jun 9th, 2021 at 02:02:22 PM EST
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A Nobel prize-winning US biologist, who has been widely quoted describing a "smoking gun" to support the thesis that Covid-19 was genetically modified and escaped from a Wuhan lab, has said he overstated the case.

David Baltimore, a distinguished biology professor, had become one of the most prominent figures cited by proponents of the so-called lab leak theory.

Originally quoted in an article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists in May, and widely requoted since, Baltimore had appeared to suggest that a specific feature in Covid-19's genome, known as the furin cleavage site, was the "smoking gun" to the theory the virus had been contained inside a laboratory and then escaped via a leak.

But that article is by Nicholas Wade. Why should anybody have taken that seriously?
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jun 9th, 2021 at 04:32:51 PM EST
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The human/chimp DNA difference figure is about 1.2%.

What Does It Mean to Be Human? -- Genetics Evidence

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Wed Jun 16th, 2021 at 02:54:42 PM EST
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