Archive for the ‘covid-19’ Category

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Did Covid-19 Escape from a Lab?

It’s a hobby of mine to watch this subject and to watch the culture and meta-space around the subject. Posts here are not an endorsement beyond finding them interesting. Almost certainly some of these articles and ideas will be false or proven false over time.

Opinion: To stop the next pandemic, we need to unravel the origins of COVID-19

By David A. Relman

From: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

November 24th, 2020

We find ourselves ten months into one of the most catastrophic global health events of our lifetime and, disturbingly, we still do not know how it began. What’s even more troubling is that despite the critical importance of this question, efforts to investigate the origins of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus and of the associated disease, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have become mired in politics, poorly supported assumptions and assertions, and incomplete information.

Note: This post is part of a collection of articles, speculative essays, links to podcasts and videos and other media around the subject:

Did Covid-19 Escape from a Lab?

It’s a hobby of mine to watch this subject and to watch the culture and meta-space around the subject. Posts here are not an endorsement beyond finding them interesting. Almost certainly some of these articles and ideas will be false or proven false over time.

Via Taiwan News: Stanford scientist calls for investigation of Wuhan lab leak

David A. Relman, an American microbiologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, published an opinion piece in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) in which he called for a complete, international, and transparent investigation into the possibility that SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, leaked out of a lab in China.

Note: This post is part of a collection of articles, speculative essays, links to podcasts and videos and other media around the subject:

Did Covid-19 Escape from a Lab?

It’s a hobby of mine to watch this subject and to watch the culture and meta-space around the subject. Posts here are not an endorsement beyond finding them interesting. Almost certainly some of these articles and ideas will be false or proven false over time.

Lab Safety and the Origins of Covid-19

Courtesy Follow the Argument.org

This problem is pressing, because it not only has the potential for large scale catastrophe, but also has a certain asymmetry inherent to it: It only needs one mistake or one careless or adventurous researcher to create a disaster. Think about all the incidences mentioned above, or think about the paper where scientists published instructions on how to assemble a smallpox-like virus from scratch.

Note: This post is part of a collection of articles, speculative essays, links to podcasts and videos and other media around the subject:

Did Covid-19 Escape from a Lab?

It’s a hobby of mine to watch this subject as well as the culture and meta-space around the subject. Posts here are not an endorsement beyond finding them interesting. Almost certainly some of these articles and ideas will be false or proven false over time.

A Proposed Origin for SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 Pandemic

by by Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD

“The hypothesis that SARS-CoV-2 evolved in the Mojiang miner’s lungs potentially resolves many scientific questions about the origin of the pandemic. But it raises others having to do with why this information has not come to light hitherto. The most obvious of these concern the actions of the Shi lab at the WIV.”