Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, March 24, 2020

As the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 spreads across the globe, with cases surpassing 284,000 worldwide today misinformation is spreading almost as fast. One persistent myth is that this virus, called SARS-CoV-2, was made by scientists and escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began. The persistent myth can be put to bed.

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"Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus," they write in the journal article."

"That analysis showed that the "hook" part of the spike had evolved to target a receptor on the outside of human cells called ACE2, which is involved in blood pressure regulation. It is so effective at attaching to human cells that the researchers said the spike proteins were the result of natural selection and not genetic engineering."

"But it turns out, nature is smarter than scientists, and the novel coronavirus found a way to mutate that was better " and completely different" from anything scientists could have created, the study found.

Another nail in the "escaped from evil lab" theory? The overall molecular structure of this virus is distinct from the known coronaviruses and instead most closely resembles viruses found in bats and pangolins that had been little studied and never known to cause humans any harm"

"If someone were seeking to engineer a new coronavirus as a pathogen, they would have constructed it from the backbone of a virus known to cause illness," according to a statement from Scripps." excerpts

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-24 03:45 PM | Reply

Pangolins are heavily trafficked by wildlife dealers in Asia,to the point of extinction in some areas. This is nature biting back on man. What goes around comes around. Don't mess with mother nature,you might get the virii.

#2 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2020-03-24 07:17 PM | Reply

"Pangolins are heavily trafficked by wildlife dealers in Asia,to the point of extinction in some areas. This is nature biting back on man. What goes around comes around. Don't mess with mother nature,you might get the virii.

#2 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER "

I've said many times mother nature will win in the end. All it will take is the perfect storm of a virus, asteroid, earthquakes, Wyoming erupting, tsunamis wiping out the east coast, a jillion things.

But she will win. This isn't her coup de grace, though. I doubt anybody alive today will see it.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2020-03-24 07:23 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Pay no attention to the bioweapon lab 280 feet from the meat market and patient zero.

And yeah, everything in this article screams "artifacted" not "evolved".

#4 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-03-25 12:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Why was CoViD-19 covered up as hard as possible but not all the other coronaviruses that came out of China like SARS and MERS? They begged us to send CDC in for those....

#5 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-03-25 02:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#5

Why has the Scripps Inst been taken over by the Chinese? ROFL

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-25 02:08 PM | Reply

#6 | Posted by Corky

From China with love.

- Corky

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-03-25 02:23 PM | Reply

#7

Is currently attending Science Haters of America meetings, followed by visits to Conspiracies 'R Us.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-25 02:27 PM | Reply

#8 Stop attending those, I'm trying to Enlighten you here.

#9 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-03-25 02:30 PM | Reply

You may have been created in a lab that time Pinky goosed the Brain while he was werking, but the coronavirus was not.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-25 02:54 PM | Reply

I never believed it was engineered. Bad enough that it's fairly clear that it crossed over from bat to human because some Chinese eat bats.

#11 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-03-25 03:34 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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