Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsBiology · 1 month ago

If the Wuhan lab initially acquired coronaviruses from animals, then how could scientists tell that the pandemic came from non-lab animals?

5 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Because bats and pangolins are not lab animals.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    They can only tell that the virus wasn’t genetically manipulated with technology. It could have still come from an animal or animals in the Wuhan lab though. Good call out, even the New York Times didn’t bring that up.

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  • 1 month ago

    They can't.

    They can tell that the new coronavirus wasn't genetically engineered.

    They can't tell whether the animals who had it were kept in cages in labs in Wuhan, or were kept in cages at a meat market in Wuhan which is coincidentally near the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

    • Anonymous1 month agoReport

      It’s not genetically engineered, but it could still have been allowed to mutate under controlled conditions.

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  • 1 month ago

    There is an entire analysis published in the journal Science explaining EXACTLY how they proved it. In short, if it was engineered, there would be "scars" in the genome left over from the process of genetic engineering. There are none. On the other hand, if it's natural, we'd expect it to look very very similar to natural viruses, with just a few key genetic differences. Guess what? That is PRECISELY what the virus genome looks like.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    i dont think it came from animals

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