A scientific paper says the possibility that the new coronavirus leaked from a laboratory shouldn’t be written off. This was explained in a new study, authored by scientists from the Department of Zoology & Biodiversity Research Center at the University of British Columbia, the Fusion Genomics Corporation, and the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
The study explains that the virus behind the current pandemic appears to have been “pre-adapted to human transmission” by the time it began spreading at the Wuhan seafood market. Given their findings, the researchers state, “Even the possibility that a non-genetically engineered precursor could have adapted to humans while being studied in a laboratory should be considered …”
And meanwhile, a resolution is being presented to the World Health Association by more than 62 signatory nations calling for a probe into the virus origin. The proposal was notably edited to remove any mention of China.
These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads.