British Professor Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Dr. Birger Sorensen authored the new study, a 22-page paper which is set to be published in the Quarterly Review of Biophysics Discovery, as per Daily Mail.
The study claims that the Chinese scientists acted to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering the viruses to make them look like they naturally arose from bats.
The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has no ‘credible natural ancestor’ and was created by Chinese scientists while working on ‘Gain-of-function’ research in a Wuhan lab, according to a Daily Mail report citing a new study. The report claimed that the scientists took a natural coronavirus ‘backbone’ found in bats and added a new ‘spike’ which turned it into deadly and highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2.
The study reportedly claimed that the Chinese scientists also tried to cover their tracks by reverse-engineering the viruses to make it look like they naturally arose from bats.
The study also alleges Chinese labs of “deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data.”
The purpose of the ‘Gain-of-function’ research is to alter an organism or disease in a way that increases the transmissibility and/or virulence of pathogens and study their potential effects on humans to stay ahead of the curve of potential new diseases. But it also carries a risk of an outbreak if not conducted safely.
There is also a coincidence where WIV’s staff fell ill in November 2019, just before the known outbreak started, US intelligence reporting has said. They were hospitalized and their details and samples taken were not revealed by China. The World Health Organization (WHO) report into this issue based on Chinese government-supplied data, presented a different conclusion. It said the staff health monitoring program at the three laboratories in Wuhan showed no antibody test positives, or records of Covid-19-type illnesses, in the weeks before December 2019.