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Sunday, September 26, 2021

Scientists have found three viruses in bats in Laos that are more similar to SARS-CoV-2 than any known viruses. Researchers say that parts of their genetic code bolster claims that the virus behind COVID-19 has a natural origin " but their discovery also raises fears that there are numerous coronaviruses with the potential to infect people.

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https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-871965/v1

A link to the pre-print.

Will be interesting to see if this paper gets accepted as it shows our understanding of the viral landscape surrounding SARS-CoV-2 origins is extremely limited.

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I think humanity is going to get Covid-19 under control, but we better fund smart people to prepare for the next one.

Pandemics are a far bigger threat than foreign terrorism, state sponsored or otherwise.
Budgets should be adjusted accordingly.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-26 02:27 PM | Reply

Do the bats also have antibodies that can help us?

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-26 02:58 PM | Reply

Bat antibodies might teach scientists about how new pathogens can be recognized in a mammal.
I doubt bat antibodies can activate a human immune system response, but I don't know what I am talking about. I trust the experts.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-26 03:12 PM | Reply

PBS' NOVA had an excellent program about bats last week.

Bat Superpowers
Could the source of the deadliest viruses hold the secret to a healthier and longer life?
www.pbs.org

...Bats have been implicated in deadly epidemics such as COVID-19 and Ebola, yet scientists are discovering evidence that they may hold a key to a longer and healthier life. From caves in Thailand and Texas to labs around the globe, NOVA meets the scientists who are decoding the superpowers of the bat. (Premiered September 15, 2021)...


#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-27 05:33 PM | Reply

Bats will be our undoing. Their pathogens will subdue humanity. Hail the mighty, BAT.

#5 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-09-28 01:57 AM | Reply

"Researchers say that parts of their genetic code bolster claims that the virus behind COVID-19 has a natural origin"

About as pointless as a claim that "parts" of some evidence "bolster" the claims that the virus came from lab conducting gain of function research on a virus of natural origin.

Or 4 out of 5 dentists agree, brand X toothpaste has ingredients of natural origin.

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-09-28 09:50 AM | Reply

About as pointless as a claim that "parts" of some evidence "bolster" the claims that the virus came from lab conducting gain of function research on a virus of natural origin.

Not really.

They show that oddities in the S protein in SARS-CoV-2 that are claimed to be evidence of engineering exist in natural strains.

#7 | Posted by jpw at 2021-09-29 01:55 AM | Reply

So. Now China is attacking Laos. Only we can attack Laos! I'm mad.

#8 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2021-09-29 02:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

"claimed to be evidence of engineering"

Claimed by whom? Genetic modification is not the same thing as genetic engineering.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-09-29 09:58 AM | Reply

Claimed by whom?

Proponents of the lab leak hypothesis.

Genetic modification is not the same thing as genetic engineering.

#9 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Production. Manipulation. Whatever you want to call it.

#10 | Posted by jpw at 2021-09-29 11:01 AM | Reply

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