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BTW, read through the comments section....

a lot of interesting discussion and this one stands out to me. I have not tried to verify it.

Khaled Talaat
Nobody really knows if the source was an accidental lab release or if the cycle was entirely natural. The problem with the lab scenario is that the virus may have been introduced to a new species that is local to Wuhan as a result. When viruses are introduced to new species they can evolve differently since different animals have different immune systems. It’s an even bigger problem if it’s an animal that is eaten by people in the area. The bats that carry RaTG13 live in Yunan, some 2000 kms away from Wuhan and was discovered in 2013 by the Wuhan lab. So starting a second cycle in Wuhan in another animal directly in Wuhan is not a very likely scenario because of the distance. They have been doing experiments at the Wuhan lab for nearly 2 decades to understand the origin of the 2003 SARS-CoV and predict threats associated with similar coronaviruses. In these experiments, they introduce bat coronaviruses to different animals to study the cycle of the virus in those animals. Assuming the safety protocols are properly followed, no lab leak would happen. But no one knows what happened especially that coronavirus experiments were carried out at BSL2 as mentioned in this article.

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