SciFriday: Chinese Scientists Find HIV, Ebola-like Mutation on SARS-CoV-2

A team at Nankai University in China “found a section of mutated genes that did not exist in SARS, but were similar to those found in HIV and Ebola.” According to the South China Morning Post, the researchers say “its ability to bind with human cells could be up to 1,000 times as strong as the SARS virus.”

We discuss the implications of this discovery and whether this means the virus was artificially created in a lab—and why, even if that’s true, it does not necessarily mean that SARS-Cov-2 is an escaped bioweapon.

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