… Lyons-Weiler feels the strongest evidence supporting a genetically engineered source for the Wuhan virus comes from a peer-reviewed article by Chinese scientists who first published the virus’ genetic sequence… 

 

 

Senior U.S. Scientist: Wuhan Coronavirus ‘Most Likely’ Linked to Lab Event

 

By Jennifer Zeng, The Epoch Times

February 9, 2020

 

According to a senior U.S. scientist, evidence suggests a 90 percent probability that the Wuhan 2019-nCoV virus, which has resulted in the quarantine of more than 80 Chinese cities, originated as a result of a laboratory event. He has called for transparency and an urgent international response to solve the “current humanitarian crisis in China.”

 

In an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times, Dr. James Lyons-Weiler, CEO and Director of The Institute for Pure and Applied Knowledge, an independent publicly funded not-for-profit organization in Pittsburgh, Penn., said since the outbreak of the Wuhan 2019 n-CoV coronavirus, he has been analyzing data from internationally shared databanks, and has concluded the strongest evidence for his conclusion lies with the Spike Protein (S-Protein).

 

Spike Protein (S-Protein) Segment Very Different Than Any Other Coronavirus Sequence

 

Lyons-Weiler said, the coronvirus sequences from samples isolated from infected patients in Wuhan have very similar gene sequences overall in comparison to related coronaviruses, but the 2019-nCoV has a very distinct gene sequence encoding the spike proteins. Spike proteins are the tools with which these viruses penetrate and infect host cells. He found the Wuhan virus has a spike protein that is very different than the nearest coronavirus, and he considers that a paradox.

 

“Why would there be such a low sequence similarity in just this one protein in this one lineage, unless it came from somewhere else. It doesn’t make sense. The genetic differences in the spike protein from the rest of the genome really make the spike protein stick out.”

 

Non-Matching Gap Found In Middle Segment of the Virus’ S-Protein

 

Lyons-Weiler feels the strongest evidence supporting a genetically engineered source for the Wuhan virus comes from a peer-reviewed article by Chinese scientists who first published the virus’ genetic sequence.

 

“The scientists in China had difficulties matching one subsequence [stretch of genome unique to 2019 n-CoV] to anything and were puzzled. They said it could have come from a recombination event that they speculated involved a snake because of a codon bias, but that theory has been rejected.” A codon is a series of three nucleotides that codes a specific amino acid, and codon bias involves an overabundance in the number of codons.

 

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