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Myth #4: The coronavirus was engineered in a lab in China.

April 18, 2020

Fact: The coronavirus originated from natural causes.

Kristian Andersen, Ph.D., an associate professor of immunology and microbiology at Scripps Research, analyzed the public genome sequence of the novel coronavirus and found that there was no evidence that it was engineered by humans. The most likely scenario is that the virus evolved into its current pathogenic state in a non-human host and then jumped to humans. Andersen, along with several other scientists, thinks that this non-human host species is a bat since SARS-CoV-2 is very similar to a bat coronavirus.

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