There was a gain of function study in 2014 and 2015 to do EXACTLY what this virus is doing-create an epidemic by altering the spike to target ACE2. They CREATED a virus that would skip an animal and go straight to humans on purpose with the goal of an epidemic. Horseshoe bat virusI agree. No one ever said this virus was made in a lab. People said the virus was naturally occurring, was being studied in the lab in Wuhan. The story is that they were testing animal transmission of the virus. The dead infected animals were then sold in the Wuhan dead animal market instead of being destroyed.
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A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence