Hungarian researchers from Eötvös Loránd University and the University of Veterinary Medicine made important discoveries. This new discovery brings humanity closer to finding out about the origins of the coronavirus.
Researchers at Eötvös Loránd University and the University of Veterinary Medicine have found interesting data. The data support the theory that
the coronavirus leaked from a laboratory.
So, the discovery suggests that the coronavirus came from a laboratory and did not spread from animals to humans naturally, writes the Daily Mail. Samples were taken in Antarctica between December 24, 2018, and January 13, 2019. These samples were forwarded to the Sangon Biotech laboratory in China.
“Thus, the ‘freedom of speech of the data’ forced us to modify the hypothesis, which I am very sorry about because it would have been a much more interesting scientific story and much less imbued with politics and a Chinese hamster,” said Professor István Csabai in a summary published on the university’s website.
This genetic material is not derived from living animals but from cell cultures often used in virological experiments.
István Csabai, a professor at the Department of Complex Systems at Eötvös Loránd University, and Norbert Solymosi, associate professor at the University of Veterinary Medicine, found the sample. This sample was found in a public genetic sequence database that was subjected to bioinformatics analysis. They were looking for a sample that was collected before December 2019. In addition, it was important that the samples contain genomic traces of SARS-CoV-2.
Managing the amount of data was a huge technical challenge.
IT researchers were needed to solve this issue. They examined several different samples. Of these samples, soil samples from Antarctica were the most promising. It is not theoretically impossible for seals to carry the virus and for the virus to be then transmitted to the fish market in Wuhan through several infected fish.
However, the genetic traces are more likely to come from contaminants from other samples.
According to professor Csabai, we need further studies to more accurately identify the origin of the virus. However, research suggests that the virus most likely did not derive from humans, monkeys or hamsters but from cell cultures commonly used in virological experiments, blikk.hu writes.
Source: blikk.hu, DailyMail