The controversy over the origin of the new coronavirus (Corona) has not subsided since it broke out in December in the Chinese city of Wuhan, killing thousands and wounding about a quarter of a million people around the world.
This controversy escalated, especially between the United States and China, to the highest levels, as US President Donald Trump described it as a Chinese virus, while Beijing suspected that he was an American.
Although scientists and specialists are now busy combating this deadly epidemic, regardless of its source, and some confirm that there are no indications of its creation and that it is a “natural” virus known “lineage”, it was exposed to a mutation that turned it into a “killer” that has the ability to penetrate human cells, except a report published by the American journal, Nature, known for its sobriety, still threw more oil on “conspiracy theory” oil.
This report was published on November 12, 2015, and reported that US scientists have created in the laboratory a hybrid version of a coronavirus for bats in connection with a virus that causes SARS, that is, acute respiratory syndrome.
The magazine showed about 5 years ago that scientists had examined a virus called “SHC014”, which was found in horseshoe bats in China.
These scientists combined the surface protein of “SHC014” with the SARS virus, and came out with a new virus that provided the surface protein with a structure that helps it penetrate into the cells of the human respiratory system.
It was also proven that this virus causes rat disease, but it does not kill it.
In this regard, specialists talked before that in 2013 about their success in isolating a coronavirus that lives in bats with the ability to penetrate human cells.
This happened despite stressing that not all coronavirus can infect humans.
Researchers have come to this worrying conclusion that coronaviruses in bats, which can infect humans directly without passing through the body of their host animal, “may be more common than previously thought”.
On the other hand, other scientists have warned that the information obtained from this laboratory experiment does not justify “potential risks”.
Simon Wayne Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, commented on news scientists have invented a new virus that grows well in human cells, saying: “If the virus leaks, no one can predict its course”.
In October 2014, the US government imposed a moratorium on federal funding for such research on viruses that focus specifically on “job promotion”, especially those that cause serious diseases such as SARS and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, the deadly disease caused by a virus that spreads sporadically from camels to humans.