Covid-19 virus may have been 'stitched together' in a lab, says new study

The study argues that SARS-Cov-2 has some genetic features that may signal towards it being synthetically made in a lab

BS Web Team New Delhi
China, Covid-19, Coronavirus

A new research has suggested that the SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, may have been manmade, according to a report by The Economist.
In an analysis published on bioRxiv, mathematical biologist Alex Washburne argued that the virus has "some genomic features" that "would appear if the virus had been stitched together by some form of genetic engineering". Washburne collaborated with an associate professor of pharmacology at Duke University Antonius VanDongen and a molecular immunologist Valentin Bruttel, for the study.
The trio also examined the number and nature of stitches to assess how much the virus resembles others found in nature. They presume that SARS-Cov-2 was made by combining shorter fragments of existing viruses.

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