Coronavirus has *four* insertions from HIV virus: it was made in a lab. A paper from India finds:
We found 4 insertions in the spike glycoprotein which are unique to the [2019 novel coronavirus] and are not present in other coronaviruses. Importantly, amino acid residues in all 4 inserts have identity or similarity to those in HIV-1 gp120 or HIV-1 Gag. Interestingly, despite the inserts being discontinuous on the primary amino acid sequence, 3D-modelling of the [2019 novel coronavirus] suggests they converge to constitute the receptor binding site. The finding of 4 unique inserts in the [2019 novel coronavirus], all of which have identity/similarity to amino acid residues in key structural proteins of HIV-1 is unlikely to be fortuitous in nature.
Let’s see if this finding is replicated elsewhere. If true, it pretty much proves that the coronavrius was made in a lab. Probably this lab, from where it presumably escaped by accident.
UPDATE: Stanford Professor Silvana Konermann says not:
Just checked their results. The similarity is spurious. Out of 4 inserts they identify between NCov and SARS, 2 are found in bat coronavirus. Of the remaining two, only one is most similar to HIV, and is so short (6 AA) that the similarity is not higher than chance given database.
It’s a serious killer, by Joanne Nova.
WHO says the death rates are 2% though no one really knows. A recent paper in Lancet estimates 11% [99 patients, average age 55, 11 died, Wuhan Hospital, to Jan 20] The fact is, there are no facts we can rely on. (h.t Mishtalk) But if that Lancet paper is closer to the mark, there is a gargantuan trainwreck coming. Quick, someone explain exponential curves to the people in power. We need to act like lightning to head this off.
US bars foreigners coming from China for now over virus fear, by Ken Mortitsugu.
The United States on Friday declared a public health emergency and took drastic steps to significantly restrict entry into the country because of a new virus that hit China and has spread to other nations.
U.S. citizens who have been in China’s Hubei province during the past 14 days and are returning to the U.S. States will undergo health screenings and be monitored during mandatory quarantines of up to 14 days, officials said. …
Marty Cetron, director of CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, said the last time a quarantine was used was in the 1960s for smallpox.
The Coronavirus, that came out of nowhere, has issues on many sides, including the reporting of it all. The last time a communist country told the world nothing was wrong, we got Chernobyl. Russia’s Communist party collapsed after that event because everyone in Russia and abroad, all of a sudden, lost absolute faith in their Government and the media reports stating all was well while at the same time a Radioactive Cloud started sweeping across foreign lands. It may not be radioactivity this time, but the leadership is exactly the same. I think it’s safe to consider not only the “official” words, but also the words coming out from below. the people in the mix that are suffering right now because they did not do the Boy Scout Hedge (always be prepared).
Otto von Bismarck:
Don’t believe it untul it has been until officially denied.
There were ten green bottles…: