On the Laboratory Origin of SARS-CoV-2 - Some Links

(currently pretty much in chronological order as published, after the "meta" links in the top section)

Twitter hashtags (keep up with the latest news)

#OriginsOfCovid -


#OriginOfCovid -


#lableak -


Over 177 articles on COVID-19 Origins at OrganicConsumers.org -


D.R.A.S.T.I.C. (Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19) - Large collection of documents and resources


Billy Bostickson's Twitter page: (Drastic member) -


Indian Scientists post paper to preprint site JAN 31, 2020 -

"Uncanny similarity of unique inserts in the 2019-nCoV spike protein to HIV-1 gp120 and Gag" - posted JAN 31, 2020 to BIORXIV.ORG
Prashant Pradhan, Ashutosh Kumar Pandey, Akhilesh Mishra, Parul Gupta, Praveen Kumar Tripathi, Manoj Balakrishnan Menon, James Gomes, Perumal Vivekanandan, Bishwajit Kundu

Original posting of paper, retracted -


Retraction note (see Abstract) FEB 2, 2020 -


Above paper recovered from archive site and published here March 15, 2020 by Jenna Luche Thayer -


IIT-Delhi Scientists Withdrew Research on Evolution of SARS-CoV-2, Still Believe “Possible Laboratory Contamination Cannot be Ruled Out” - Eram Agha - Last Updated: JUN 09, 2021
“We still believe there is 'something odd' in terms of duration of evolution and acquisition of the inserts. We have been following up various papers and reports but are no longer actively involved in finding the origin", said the lead researcher.


Logistical and Technical Exploration into the Origins of the Wuhan Strain of Coronavirus (COVID-19) - JAN 31, 2020 - Dan Sirotkin


Coronavirus Exposed, Part 1: Communist Coverup, or Pandemic Bioweapon of Mass Destruction?" - Adrian Bond - FEB 1, 2020
Lots of detail on research connected to Prof Zhengli Shi ("the bat lady")
Appendix A is a list of 125 scientific papers published by Professor Zhengli Shi
Appendix B is a list of her conference presentations
Originally posted to Medium.com, later removed and archived here:


Coronavirus is a Bioweapon - February 3, 2020 - morpheus1776


Coronavirus Special Report - J.C. on a bike - Harvard to the Bighouse - FEB 27, 2020 (31-minute Youtube video)
Jonathan Jay Couey Ph.D analyzes and explains JAN 31, 2020 paper by Dan Sirotkin (see above)


Transcript of Interview with Francis Boyle - FEB 2020


Francis Boyle - Wikipedia -


Origins of SARS-Cov-2 - Jamie Metzl - APR 16, 2020 - UPDATED to DEC 08, 2021


Lab-Made? SARS-CoV-2 Genealogy Through the Lens of Gain-of-Function Research - Yuri Deigin - Apr 22, 2020


     Author's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/ydeigin

Luc Montagnier says SARS-CoV-2 came from a lab - APR 2020
(Montagnier was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for discovering HIV)



Is Considering a Genetic-manipulation Origin for SARS-CoV-2 a Conspiracy Theory that must be Censored? - Rossana Segreto - University of Innsbruck - APR 2020


Living Beyond 120 Podcast - Episode #76 - May 7, 2020 (1hr14min audio)
COVID Virus: Where it Came fron and What We Should Do
Dr. Mark Young and Dr. Jeff Gladden Interview Dr. Chris Howard, PhD and Dr. Lynn Howard MD


ccu cgg cgg gca - The 12 Letters that Changed the World - The genome of the new coronavirus harbors a short sequence suspected of being the main culprit of its uniquely infectious and aggressive nature - Manuel Ansede, Artur Galocha, Mariano Zafra - MAY 19, 2020


Might SARS‐CoV‐2 Have Arisen via Serial Passage through an Animal Host or Cell Culture?
A potential explanation for much of the novel coronavirus’ distinctive genome
Karl Sirotkin, Dan Sirotkin - AUG 12, 2020 doi: 10.1002/bies.202000091


Near Misses at UNC Chapel Hill’s High-Security Lab Illustrate Risk of Accidents With Coronaviruses - Alison Young and Jessica Blake for ProPublica - AUG 17, 2020
Reports indicate UNC researchers were potentially exposed to lab-created coronaviruses in several incidents since 2015. These incidents highlight the risks even in the most secure and respected research facilities.


Proposed SARS-CoV-2 Spillover During 2019 Review of Samples from a Mineshaft in Mojiang, Yunnan Province, China - SEP 14, 2020
(Anonymous scientific paper) Updated AUG 23, 2021


The Genetic Structure of SARS-CoV-2 Does Not Rule Out a Laboratory Origin - Rossana Segreto, Yuri Deigin - NOV 17, 2020 (Scientific paper)
SARS-COV-2 chimeric structure and furin cleavage site might be the result of genetic manipulation


The Lab-Leak Hypothesis - By Nicholson Baker JAN 4, 2021 New York Magazine


Clarification regarding the likely leak of a novel viral strain from a Soviet laboratory (referring to https://doi.org/10.1002/bies.202000091) - Karl Sirotkin, Dan Sirotkin, FEB 12, 2021


Call for a Full and Unrestricted International Forensic Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19 - MAR 4, 2021


Josh Rogin (Washington Post reporter)

Book: Chaos Under Heaven - Trump, Xi, and the Battle for the 21st Century - Josh Rogin - Published MAR 9, 2021


Author's Twitter:


Chaos Under Heaven: A Book Talk with Josh Rogin - MAR 18, 2021 (48-minute video)
Interview with Ken Weinstein of the Hudson Institute


Glenn Beck Podcast Episode 113 - AUG 13, 2021 (82min audio) - Josh Rogin - Why COVID's Origin Is the Biggest Story in the World


Lab Leak: A Scientific Debate Mired in Politics — and Unresolved - By Charles Schmidt - MAR 17, 2021


Should We Discount the Laboratory Origin of COVID-19? - MAR 25, 2021 (Scientific paper)
Rossana Segreto,corresponding author, Yuri Deigin, Kevin McCairn, Alejandro Sousa, Dan Sirotkin, Karl Sirotkin, Jonathan J. Couey, Adrian Jones, and Daoyu Zhang


Humans, Not Animals, Likely Took the COVID Virus to Wuhan, Contrary to China's Claims - Rowan Jacobsen - MAR 25, 2021


A Bayesian Analysis Concludes Beyond a Reasonable Doubt that SARS-CoV-2 is not a Natural Zoonosis but instead is Laboratory Derived - Steven Carl Quay MD PhD - MAR 29, 2021 - 140pages


Golden Silkworms in Pandora's Box - Dan Sirotkin - APR 1, 2021
Why understanding COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza as Quasispecies Mutant Swarms reveals the Quantum Origins and Cryptic Fates of Human Pandemics.

     Part 1: https://harvard2thebighouse.substack.com/p/understanding-covid-19-and-seasonal

     Part 2: https://harvard2thebighouse.substack.com/p/part-ii-understanding-covid-19-and

Sam Harris Making Sense Podcast - APR 23, 2021 - Special Episode: Engineering the Apocalypse by Rob Reid and Sam Harris (3hr42min Youtube video)


Sharyl Attkisson Investigates COVID Origins - APR 24, 2021 (19-minute video)


Article developed from above video - JUN 6, 2021 (includes comments)


Origin of Covid — Following the Clues - Did people or nature open Pandora’s box at Wuhan? - Nicholas Wade MAY 02, 2021


Gain of Function` and the Origins of COVID - Chris Waldburger - MAY 5, 2021


BSL Biological Laboratories and Coronaviruses in Wuhan, China — Short Description - Rodolphe de Maistre - MAY 5, 2021


More at Rodolphe de Maistre's Medium.com page -


5 Questions: David Relman on investigating origin of coronavirus - Bruce Goldman - MAY 20, 2021
Microbiologist David Relman explores how the coronavirus could have emerged and why we need to know.


New York Times COVID Reporter Calls Discussion of Lab-Leak Theory ‘Racist’ - Isaac Schorr - MAY 26, 2021


Facebook lifts ban on posts about lab leak theory: (May 26, 2021)




EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 'has NO credible natural ancestor' and WAS created by Chinese scientists who then tried to cover their tracks with 'retro-engineering' to make it seem like it naturally arose from bats, explosive new study claims
Josh Boswell - Dailymail.com - MAY 28, 2021, Updated JUN 10, 2021


COVID: Former MI6 Chief Says any Wuhan Lab Leak Evidence has Likely Been Destroyed - Adam Forrest - JUN 3, 2021
Scientists remain divided over the lab leak theory – but former UK intelligence boss Sir Richard Dearlove thinks virus ‘far more likely’ to have come from research facility than an animal.


The Three Words that Explain Everything (Gain of Function) - Chris Waldburger -JUN 4, 2021


The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins - Katherine Eban - June 3, 2021 - Vanity Fair
Throughout 2020, the notion that the novel coronavirus leaked from a lab was off-limits.
Those who dared to push for transparency say toxic politics and hidden agendas kept us in the dark.


Bat Soup - Gain of Function on Viruses & the Lab Leak Story - Amazing Polly - JUN 4, 2021 (58-minute video)


The Science Suggests a Wuhan Lab Leak (Wall Streeet Journal)
The COVID-19 pathogen has a genetic footprint that has never been observed in a natural coronavirus.
By Steven Quay and Richard Muller -JUN 6, 2021 (PAYWALL)


     This might get around paywall -


Why the Wuhan Lab Escape Theory Explaining the Origin of the Global Pandemic isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon - Nicholas Wade - JUN 7, 2021


'Rare' Genome Sequencing Almost Certainly Proves COVID WAS Deliberately Made in a Chinese Lab Before it Leaked to the World: Another Expert Study Makes Bombshell Claim - Andrew Court - JUN 7, 2021

     COVID-19 has the genome sequencing combination of 'CGG-CGG'
     Two US experts say that no naturally occurring coronavirus has ever had that combination
     The 'CGG-CGG' combination is extremely rare, except when used by scientists doing 'gain-of-function' in laboratories
     The experts conclude that it is more likely than not that the virus was therefore created in a lab
     In recent weeks, many of the world's top scientists have pushed to determine whether the virus was leaked from the Wuhan Institute of Virology


‘We can speak about this as censorship.’ Researcher Says The Lancet Silences Open Discussion on COVID-19 Origins
Professor Jacques van Helden questions why a top medical journal remains conflicted about financial conflicts of interests.
Interview by Paul D. Thacker - JUN 08, 2021


Wuhan virologist hid Covid-19 virus info & how a Pune scientist connected possible lab leak dots - JUN 10, 2021 (40-minute video)
Senior Consulting Editor Jyoti Malhotra of The Print interviews Dr Monali Rahalkar, genome scientist at the Agharkar Research Institute in Pune


     Mona Rahalkar's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/MonaRahalkar

Origins: Birth of a Pandemic - Audio Podcast

     Main Page at Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/5571tqIWvGNXMXIaAsfZ9p"

Introducing Origins: Birth of a Pandemic - JUN 19, 2021 (1hr55min)


Part 1 - JUL 08, 2021 (44min)

In part one of Origins: Birth of a Pandemic, we meet Dr. Jonathan Latham of the Bioscience Resource Project and Independentsciencenews.org. Dr. Latham talks about how he came to believe that it was likely that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID19, escaped from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). We also hear that a network of independent researchers called D.R.A.S.T.I.C. came together to work towards to discover the true source of the virus, and in doing so, confirmed that the closest relative of SARS-CoV-2 is actually a virus that Dr. Shi Zhengli of the WIV partially sequenced back in 2016, and further, that the virus is connected to a mystery pneumonia suffered by six men from Yunnan, China, back in 2012. Special Thanks to Nick Jikomes for use of his interview of Dr. Alina Chan from his podcast, Good Chemistry.


Part 2 - JUL 08, 2021 (43min)

In Part Two of Origins: Birth of a Pandemic, we explore the concept of gain of function research by hearing scientists like Ralph Baric and Marc Lipsitch discuss its promise as well as its pitfalls. We are also rejoined by Dr. Latham, who outlines his hypothesis of how SARS-CoV-2 came into being, and Mr. Demaneuf of D.R.A.S.T.I.C. explains that the databases of the Wuhan Institute of Virology were mysteriously taken offline before the pandemic supposedly began.


Part 3 - JUL 08, 2021 (39min)

In part three of Origins: Birth of a Pandemic, we learn about Peter Daszak, the head of the Eco Health Alliance, a conservation group that has funneled NIH and other government funding to Dr. Shi Zhengli and her team at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Daszak was also given a slot on the WHO investigation team that was belatedly sent to China to try and determine the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in early 2021. Then, the tide turns in the US in the spring of 2021, and discussion of the lab leak hypothesis is no longer a taboo. Special thanks to Dr. Vincent Racaniello for use of his interview with Peter Daszak from his podcast, This Week In Virology.


Part 4 - SEP 15, 2021 (43min)

In Part Four of Origins: Birth of a Pandemic, we meet Paul Thacker, an independent journalist who has written for the British Medical Journal, and discuss just how various scientific publications were used to steer public opinion away from the lab leak hypothesis. We also speak with founding member of DRASTIC, Yuri Deigin, about some of the more suspicious characteristics of the SARS-CoV-2 genome.


Part 5 - OCT 6, 2021 (38min)

n Part 5 of Origins, we hear from Dr. Filippa Lentzos and Dr. Alina Chan who both spoke at an online conference about the origins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus about pandemic investigations and the likelihood of a spillover in Wuhan, respectively. Then we hear again from Dr. Jonathan Latham who describes his phylogeographic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 related viruses and how they highlight that SARS-CoV-2 is a virus whose constituent parts all appear to come from Yunnan, China and the surrounding area.


Part 6 - OCT 28, 2021 (43min)

In Part 6 of Origins, Paul Thacker joins us again to talk about the revelations contained within the NIH grant award documents to the Eco Health Alliance, as well as what was contained in the Eco Health Alliance's DEFUSE grant application to DARPA. Drastic made the DEFUSE documents available to the public after a whistleblower leaked these documents to them. We also hear Dr. Linfa Wang defend why he kept quiet about Eco Health's stated goal of adding a furin cleavage site to SARS-like viruses back in 2018.


Lex Fridman Podcast #193 - JUN 20, 2021 - Rob Reid: The Existential Threat of Engineered Viruses and Lab Leaks (3-hour Youtube video)


Why Does the Wuhan Institute of Virology's Shi Zhengli Keep Changing Her COVID-19 Story?
Colin Butler picks apart contradictory statements in the science media, and asks why science writers ignore China's disinformation on virus research.
Interview by Paul D. Thacker - JUN 22, 2021


In Silico Comparison of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein-ACE2 Binding Affinities Across Species and Implications for Virus Origin - JUN 24, 2021
Sakshi Piplani, Puneet Kumar Singh, David A. Winkler, Nikolai Petrovsky
(Scientific Paper Published in Nature)


Researchers Find COVID-19 Virus Was “Highly Human Adapted” – Exact Origins Still a Mystery - Flinders University - JUN 25, 2021


House Republicans Hold Hearing On COVID-19 Origin, Explore Lab-Leak Theory (FULL) - JUN 29, 2021 (3hrs5min video) - Forbes Breaking News


Wuhan Lab Researcher Began Project to Infect ‘Humanized Mice’ With New Bat Coronaviruses in Early 2019 - JUN 29, 2021


'I am convinced that the virus came out by accident from a laboratory in Wuhan,' Says Moderna Vaccine Company Co-Founder
Will the science media's favorite COVID disinformation pundits label Derrick Rossi as “anti-vax”?
Interview by Paul D. Thacker - JUN 29, 2021


An Engineered Origin for the SARS-CoV2 Genome - Sherlock G.Nomes - JUL 10, 2021


SARS-CoV-2, the Devious Child of “Chimerica”? - Roberto Iannuzzi - JUL 26, 2021
Millions have died. What if both China and America (and specifically its medical-industrial complex and defense sector) are responsible for the involuntary unleashing of the COVID-19 pandemic through reckless research performed in an unsafe lab?


The Origins of COVID-19: An Investigation into the Wuhan Institute of Virology
August 2021 (83-page PDF file)


Phylogeographic Mapping of Newly Discovered Coronaviruses Pinpoints the Direct Progenitor of SARS-CoV-2 as Originating from Mojiang, China - Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD - AUG 2, 2021


Foreign Ministry Spokesperson's Remarks on Disinformation about COVID-19 Origins Tracing Disseminated by US Congressmen - AUG 03, 2021
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Peoples Republic of China

"If these US congressmen do have a sense of responsibility, even a tinge of it, for their own people, they should urge the US government to release at the earliest the medical records of those infected in the unexplained outbreaks of respiratory disease in Virginia and the large-scale EVALI in Wisconsin and Maryland in 2019, and of US military personnel who fell ill during the Military World Games in Wuhan, and to allow a thorough international probe into Fort Detrick lab and the 200-plus US biological labs overseas. As to gain of function research on coronaviruses, the US has provided more funding and conducted more experiments in this area than anyone else. Why don’t the congressmen find out if there is such research at home and whether or not it may create the novel coronavirus?"


It's Time For NIH Transparency on Wuhan Research Funding - Newsweek Magazine - Jason Foster - AUG 5, 2021


A Candid Conversation with Richard Ebright on Science Writers & Researchers Who Created a Conspiracy Arguing Against the COVID19 Pandemic Starting from a Lab Leak
Interview by Paul D. Thacker - AUG 10, 2021


Covid Patient Zero may have been a Wuhan lab worker infected by a bat after all, WHO chief admits after originally ruling out virus escape theory - Rachael Bunyan - AUG 12, 2021
Dr Peter Embarek, who led the WHO probe in China, said the world's first Covid-19 patient may have been infected by a bat while working in a Wuhan lab
He had initially dismissed the notion that the virus escaped from lab as unlikely
Now Embarek has admitted that the lab leak theory could have happened


A Continued Candid Conversation with Richard Ebright on Science Writers & Researchers Who Created a Conspiracy Arguing Against the COVID19 Pandemic Starting from a Lab Leak
Interview by Paul D. Thacker - AUG 17, 2021


How COVID-19’s Origins were Obscured, by the East and the West - Nicholas Wade - AUG 17, 2021 - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists


Unclassified Summary of Assessment on COVID-19 Origins - AUG 27, 2021 (2-page PDF file)
The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) today released an unclassified summary of the Intelligence Community assessment on COVID-19 origins.


US intelligence report inconclusive on origin of Covid-19 - David Wells - AUG 27, 2021


Examining the COVID-19 Pandemic as an Experimental Vaccine Program Run by the Chinese Military Reveals its Ties to Dr. Ralph Baric’s Research at UNC - SEP 05, 2021


New Details Emerge About Coronavirus Research at Chinese Lab - Sharon Lerner, Mara Hvistendahl - SEP 6 2021


Book: Is COVID-19 a Bioweapon?: A Scientific and Forensic Investigation - Richard M. Fleming, PhD, MD, JD - SEP 7, 2021

     Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/1510770194/

     Barnes & Noble - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/1139680021

The Bombshell Outbreak in the Wuhan Lab - Joseph Mercoloa - SEP 10, 2021


REVEALED: 26 out of the 27 Lancet Scientists Who Trashed Theory that COVID Leaked from a Chinese Lab have Links to Wuhan Researchers - Chris Jewers - SEP 11, 2021

     The Lancet letter published in March 2020 called claims that Covid-19 originated in lab 'conspiracy theories'
     It was signed by 27 scientists from across the globe working in virology and other medical science fields
     The widely-read letter effectively ended all debate about origins of the global coronavirus pandemic
     Investigation by The Telegraph has found 26 out of 27 had connections to China's Wuhan Institute of Virology


A Candid Conversation with Scientist Rossana Segreto on Catching Errors in Studies That Deny COVID19 May Have Started in a Wuhan Lab
When errors are not corrected and false narratives persist, should we still trust science?
Interview by Paul D. Thacker - SEP 14, 2021


Book: On the Origin of the Deadliest Pandemic in 100 Years: An Investigation (Field Notes, 4) - Elaine Dewar - published SEP 14, 2021


Review: Canadian author Elaine Dewar’s book raises troubling questions about the origins of COVID-19 - Marsha Lederman - SEP 10, 2021


Interview: A Candid Conversation with Author Elaine Dewar on Her Latest Book Tracking Hidden Money and How the COVID19 Pandemic Began in China Interview by Paul D. Thacker - OCT 5, 2021


China Lab Created Coronavirus ‘10,000-times Stronger than Usual’ as Fears Rage over Wuhan ‘leak’, Scientists Warn - Patrick Knox, SEP 17, 2021


Documentary: What Really Happened in Wuhan - Sky News Australia - Sharri Markson - SEP 20, 2021 (60-minute video)
(aired on Sky News in Australia 09/20/21, aired on Fox Nation in the US 09/21/21)



CCP Dissident Claims China Released COVID At Military World Games In October 2019 - SEP 22, 2021


Wuhan scientists planned to release enhanced coronaviruses into bat caves 21 months before start of Covid pandemic outbreak - but US government refused to fund project over fears it would backfire - Emily Craig - SEP 22, 2021


Wuhan Scientists Planned To Release 'Chimeric Covid Spike Proteins' Into Bat Populations Using 'Skin-Penetrating Nanoparticles' - SEP 22, 2021


Leaked Grant Proposal Details High-Risk Coronavirus Research - Sharon Lerner, Maia Hibbett - SEP 23 2021
The proposal, rejected by U.S. military research agency DARPA, describes the insertion of human-specific cleavage sites into SARS-related bat coronaviruses.


New Routes to Making Covid-19 In The Lab - Nicholas Wade - SEP 23, 2021


Del Bigtree Interviews Jefferey Jaxon on The Highwire


Leaked Department of Defense Documents Show Anthony Fauci and EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak Cannot Be Trusted on Dangerous Virus Research
Why do science writers keep aligning with sources caught lying to them and the American public about the COVID19 pandemic?
Paul D. Thacker - SEP 28, 2021


Book: What Really Happened In Wuhan: The Cover-ups, the Conspiracies and the Classified Research - Sharri Markson - SEP 29, 2021


Author's Twitter page:


Book: The Origin of the Virus - Paolo Barnard, Dr. Stepehn Quay, Prof. Angus Dalgleish - SEP 30, 2021
The hidden truths behind the microbe that killed millions of people


Book Review and Interviews with Authors:
New Book on COVID-19 Origins was Plagued by Censorship -Claire Robinson - OCT 31, 2021


Lab Leak or Natural Origin? How the Pandemic Started - SEP 30, 2021 (1-hour video)
Science Magazine hosted a one-hour Facebook livestream session with experts who discussed the origins of COVID-19. Science senior correspondent Jon Cohen moderated the session. Panelists included Alina Chan, Jesse Bloom, Michael Worobey and Linfa Wang.


were some folks a little TOO prepared for this pandemic? - el gato malo - SEP 30, 2021


Wuhan scientists and US researchers planned to create a new coronavirus in 2018: Consortium led by Brit Peter Daszak asked DARPA to fund research at lab in city where Covid pandemic began - Charlotte Mitchell - OCT 5, 2021


Science Closes In on Covid’s Origins - Richard Muller, Steven Quay - OCT 5, 2021
Four studies—including two from WHO—provide powerful evidence favoring the lab-leak theory.


peter daszak: supervillain origin story - el gato malo - OCT 6, 2021
taking a look at one of the more important and lesser studied players in the covid drama and his outright terrifying areas of research interest


     Here is the grant proposal from Daszak and Eco Health Alliance to DARPA - MAR 24, 2018 (71-page PDF file)


The Quest for COVID's Origins - Intercepted with Jeremy Scahill - OCT 6, 2021 (41-minute audio podcast)
Intercept investigative reporters Sharon Lerner and Mara Hvistendahl join editor Maia Hibbett to discuss the competing theories on the origins of Covid-19

     Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-quest-for-covids-origins/id1195206601

     acast - https://play.acast.com/s/intercepted-with-jeremy-scahill/thequestforcovid-sorigins

Getting Real About How COVID Started and COVID Vaccines, with Josh Rogin and Scott Gottlieb
Megyn Kelly Show - Episode 175 - OCT 6, 2021 (1hour34minute video)


Britain MUST lead the way in banning disturbing lab research that could have created Covid-19, says virologist who discovered the genetic blueprint for Aids - Simon Wain-Hobson - OCT 9, 2021


China to test thousands of Wuhan blood samples in Covid-19 probe - Nick Paton Walsh, International Security Editor CNN - OCT 13, 2021


Public notice of proposed new Scientific Advisory Group for the Origins of Novel Pathogens (SAGO) members - OCT 13, 2021


WHO announces new expert group to investigate origins of the coronavirus and other outbreaks - Adam Taylor - Washington Post - OCT 13, 2021


Coronavirus Lab Leak Theory Needs to Be Taken Seriously - Faye Flam - Bloomberg - OCT 13, 2021
Just because the conspiracy crowd is uninformed doesn’t mean serious scientists should give the Wuhan Institute of Virology a pass.


Fights over confidentiality pledge and conflicts of interest tore apart COVID-19 origin probe - Jon Cohen - OCT 18, 2021 - Science Journal VOL 374, Issue 6566
Former members of The Lancet task force challenge why economist Jeffrey Sachs disbanded effort


EcoHealth Alliance Conducted Risky Experiments on MERS Virus in China - Sharon Lerner, Maia Hibbett - The Intercept - OCT 21, 2021
Documents released by the NIH contradict previous assertions by EcoHealth Alliance about its experiments on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan


In Major Shift, NIH Admits Funding Risky Virus Research in Wuhan - Katherine Eban - OCT 22, 2021 - Vanity Fair
A spokesman for Dr. Fauci says he has been “entirely truthful,” but a new letter belatedly acknowledging the National Institutes of Health’s support for virus-enhancing research adds more heat to the ongoing debate over whether a lab leak could have sparked the pandemic.


NIH quietly rewrites 'gain-of-function' definition amid greater scrutiny of controversial research - OCT 23, 2021


Was NIH-funded work on MERS virus in China too risky? Science examines the controversy - Jocelyn Kaiser - OCT 27, 2021
EcoHealth Alliance defends hotly debated research that altered deadly coronavirus


The U.S. Effectively Surrenders in the Argument about the Origins of COVID-19 - Jim Geraghty - OCT 27, 2021


The shifting sands of ‘gain-of-function’ research - Amber Dance - OCT 27, 2021 - Nature
The mystery of COVID’s origins has reignited a contentious debate about potentially risky studies and the fuzzy terminology that describes them.


Straight Talk MD - Podcast with Frank Sweeney - The Origin of COVID-19

The Origin of COVID-19 Episode 1: Overview - NOV 8, 2021 (28min audio)

     Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-origin-of-covid-19-episode-1-overview/id1060256849?i=1000541086770

The Origin of COVID-19 Episode 2: Ground Zero - NOV 15, 2021 (51min audio)

     Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-origin-of-covid-19-episode-2-ground-zero/id1060256849?i=1000541925991

The Origin of COVID-19 Episode 3: The Lab Leak Hypothesis with Yuri Deigin - NOV 25 2021 (1hr43min audio)

     Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-origin-of-covid-19-episode-3-the-lab/id1060256849?i=1000543005332

The Origin of COVID-19 Episode 4: The China Coverup - JAN 31 2021 (1h44min audio)


The Origin of COVID-19 Episode 5: An Inconvenient Truth - APR 11 2022 (1hr32min audio)

     Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/covid-19-origin-episode-5-an-inconvenient-truth/id1060256849?i=1000557065032

Book: Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19 - Alina Chan, Matt Ridley - NOV 16, 2021


Alina Chan's Twitter page -


Matt Ridley's Twitter page -


Matt Ridley on The Remnant Podcast with Jonah Goldberg - NOV 16, 2021 (1hr7min audio)


Has Peter Daszak Misled the Public? - Charles Schmidt - RealClearScience - NOV 25, 2021


Lex Fridman Podcast #247 - DEC 8, 2021 - Jamie Metzl: Lab Leak Theory (4hour55minute Youtube video)


Jame Metzl's website:


Taiwan investigates possible COVID lab leak as scientist tests positive after bites from infected mouse - Samson Ellis, Chi-Hua Chien, Kanoko Matsuyama, and Bloomberg - DEC 10, 2021
(a more recent SARS-CoV-2 lab leak that we know all about).


Lancet editor who published letter slamming Covid lab leak theory as 'conspiracy' admits he knew about lead author's links to Chinese lab at centre of cover-up for a YEAR before acknowledging conflict of interests - Joe Davies, Victoria Allen - The Daily Mail - DEC 17, 2021


Military Documents About Gain of Function Contradict Fauci Testimony Under Oath - Project Veritas - JAN 10, 2022


Thunder Out of China - Yuri Delgin - FEB 2022


Early version of Covid-19' is discovered in Chinese lab, fuelling fears that scientists were studying the virus prior to outbreak -Victoria Allen - The Dail y Mail - FEB 09, 2022

Soil samples suggest coronavirus may not have jumped from wildlife naturally
Scientists from Hungary found a unique variant of coronavirus in examining DNA
Researchers also found genetic material from Chinese hamsters and monkeys


The 'early Covid mutations' from a Chinese lab that are fuelling leak theory: How a 'barcode error' at Shanghai lab during tests on Antarctica soil accidentally exposed variant in monkey DNA from start of pandemic - Connor Boyd - Deputy Health Editor For Mailonline and Luke Andrews - Health Reporter For Mailonline - FEB 10, 2022
Hungarian researchers found contaminated soil samples that had unusual coronavirus mutations by accident
Scientists believe they may bridge the gap between original bat coronavirus and one that jumped to humans
Error thought to have occurred at research site in Shanghai and may give clues about origins of the pandemic


Wuhan lab leak NOT debunked? NYT RUSHED to publish studies saying Covid started in a market: Molecular biologist - MAR 3, 2022
Scientific advisor at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, Alina Chan, answers the hosts' questions about the lab leak and wet market theories of Covid-19.
15-minute video - interview with Alina Chan


The Story Changes Again - MAR 5, 2022 - Russell Brand - 12-minute Youtube video


“This Shouldn’t Happen”: Inside the Virus-Hunting Nonprofit at the Center of the Lab-Leak Controversy - Katherine Eban - MAR 31, 2022 -Vanity Fair
Chasing scientific renown, grant dollars, and approval from Dr. Anthony Fauci, Peter Daszak transformed the environmental nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance into a government-funded sponsor of risky, cutting-edge virus research in both the U.S. and Wuhan, China. Drawing on more than 100,000 leaked documents, a V.F. investigation shows how an organization dedicated to preventing the next pandemic found itself suspected of helping start one.


Delete, Deny, and Destroy: Chinese and Western Strategies To Erase COVID’s Origin Are Being Exposed By Independent Research - Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD - APR 21, 2022


The Lab-Leak Theory Is Looking Stronger by the Day. Here’s What We Know - Deconstructed Podcast (67-min audio) - MAY 06, 2022
A panel of journalists discuss the latest revelations regarding the theory that Covid-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory.


A call for an independent inquiry into the origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus - Neil L. Harrison, Jeffrey D. Sachs - MAY 19, 2022
Published in journal - The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)
< href="https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2202769119">https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2202769119


Jeffrey Sachs Presents Evidence of Possible Lab Origin of Covid-19 - Sharon Lerner - The Intercept - MAY 19 2022
An article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences calls for an independent investigation of information held by U.S.-based institutions that could shed light on the origins of Covid.


Questions Surrounding the Origins of COVID-19 Remain Unanswered - Jeffrey D. Sachs, Neil L. Harrison - Boston Globe - MAY 31, 2022


Why the Chair of the Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission Thinks The US Government Is Preventing a Real Investigation Into the Pandemic - Nathan Robinson - Current Affairs - AUG 2, 2022
Prof. Jeffrey Sachs says he is “pretty convinced [COVID-19] came out of US lab biotechnology” and warns that there is dangerous virus research taking place without public oversight.


From the Opposing Side (to be Fair and Balanced) -

Twitter page of Stuart Neil
"Virology Professor and ‘zoonati’ to the lab leak glitterati. investigating host-virus interactions for HIV, Ebola, influenza and SARS CoV-2"


HIV-1 did not contribute to the 2019-nCoV genome - FEB 14, 2020
Chuan Xiao, Xiaojun Li, Shuying Liu, Yongming Sang, Shou-Jiang Gao, and Feng Gaob
Scientific paper published in journal Emerging Microbes and Infections


Statement in support of the scientists, public health professionals and medical professionals of China combatting COVID-19
Published in The Lancet online FEB 18, 2020 and in print VOL 395 MAR 07, 2020
(see SEP 11, 2021 entry above, regarding conflicts of interest)


No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering of SARS-CoV-2 - FEB 26, 2020
Shan-Lu Liu, Linda J. Saif, Susan R. Weiss, and Lishan Sug
Scientific paper published in journal Emerging Microbes and Infections


The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2
Kristian G. Andersen, Andrew Rambaut, W. Ian Lipkin, Edward C. Holmes & Robert F. Garry
Article published in Nature Medicine journal - MAR 17, 2020


The Importance of Research on the Origin of SARS-CoV-2 - NOV 20, 2020
Kenneth Lundstrom, Murat Seyran, Damiano Pizzol, Parise Adadi, Tarek Mohamed Abd El-Aziz, Sk. Sarif Hassan, Antonio Soares, Ramesh Kandimalla, Murtaza M. Tambuwala, Alaa A. A. Aljabali, Gajendra Kumar Azad, Pabitra Pal Choudhury, Vladimir N. Uversky, Samendra P. Sherchan, Bruce D. Uhal, Nima Rezaei, and Adam M. Brufsky
Scientific paper published in the journal Viruses


SARS‐CoV‐2, Covid‐19, and the debunking of conspiracy theories - Mohamad S. Hakim - FEB 14, 2021


TWIV - This Week in Virology Podcast - Episode 762 - SARS-CoV-2 Origins with Robert Garry - May 30, 2021



The Origin of SARS-CoV-2, Revisited - David Gorski on May 31, 2021


The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up - Justin Ling - JUN 15, 2021
The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.


How Science Demolishes the Right-wing Fiction of a Wuhan “Lab Leak” as the Source of Coronavirus - Benjamin Mateus - June 20, 2021

     Part 1 - https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/06/21/sci1-j21.html

     Part 2 -https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/06/22/sci2-j22.html

     Part 3 -https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/06/23/sci3-j23.html

A list of references on the Origin of SARS-CoV-2
this is taken from a comment on a blog post here by Joel A. Harrison, PhD, MPH on AUG 12, 2021, which contains a list of "references on the origins of SARS-CoV-2", probably mostly leaning towards supporting a natural origin

     blogcomment.txt (plain text, over 90 references)

The Origins of SARS-CoV-2: A Critical Review - AUG 18, 2021 - Scientific paper published in journal Cell
Holmes, Edward C; Goldstein, Stephen A; Rasmussen, Angela L; Robertson, David L; Crits-Christoph, Alexander; Wertheim, Joel O; Anthony, Simon J; Barclay, Wendy S; Boni, Maciej F; Doherty, Peter C; Farrar, Jeremy; Geoghegan, Jemma L; Jiang, Xiaowei; Leibowitz, Julian L; Neil, Stuart J D; Skern, Tim; Weiss, Susan R; Worobey, Michael; Andersen, Kristian G; Garry, Robert F; Rambaut, Andrew


The Wuhan Lab Lie: Who is to Blame for the COVID-19 Pandemic? - Andre Damon - AUG 31, 2021


Bats in Laos Caves Harbor Closest Relatives to Covid-19 Virus - Jason Gale - SEP 18, 2021 - Bloomberg


New evidence strongly suggests COVID is natural, not from a lab leak - Ethan Siegal - DEC 23, 2-21


Scientists struggle to probe COVID’s origins amid sparse data from China - Amy Maxmen - MAR 17, 2022 - Nature
Origin investigations typically take years, but some researchers say China is delaying the process for political reasons as international tensions rise.


Tackling Rumors of a Suspicious Origin of nCoV2019
This is a very technical discussion by virologists discussing the genetic origins of SARS-CoV-2, over the course of a year or so. Perhaps some compelling information on the possibility of a natural origin.


Revised 08/11/22, First posted to web 09/12/21

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