Russian microbiologist sheds light on Wuhan laboratory scientists’ actions

A world-renowned Russian microbiologist claims Covid-19 could be the result of Wuhan lab scientists doing ‘absolutely crazy things’.

Professor Petr Chumakov said they wanted to study the pathogenicity of the virus and inadvertantly created a fatal manmade disease.

The chief researcher at the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology in Moscow, said researchers at the Wuhan Laboratory have been developing various coronavirus variants for more than a decade to “study their pathogenicity”.

But he added, in his opinion, “they did absolutely crazy things”.

One of these was inserts in the genome, which gave the virus the ability to infect human cells.

He told Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper that “there are several inserts, that is, substitutions of the natural sequence of the genome, which gave it special properties”.

“It is interesting that the Chinese and Americans who worked with them published all their works in the open (scientific) press.”

Chumakov believes an investigation will initiated and new legislation will be drawn up to regulate the work with the genomes of such dangerous viruses, and said it is “too early to blame anyone”.

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Lizzie Day