Tortoise wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:49 pm
mdwilson1991 wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:33 pm
I Shrugged wrote: ↑
Thu Apr 02, 2020 1:17 pm
There must be thousands of researchers examining this virus. Could some of them tell if it was engineered?
Yes, they can tell if was engineered. It wasn't.
Check the article I posted earlier in this thread. (We don't seem to have post numbers here, or I would just say look at post #...)
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2 ... 175442.htm
To play devil's advocate: Something appearing to be naturally occurring doesn't necessarily prove that it's naturally occurring.
In numerous engineering disciplines, there are examples of engineering something to look similar to, or function indistinguishably from, something natural. Cryptography is one example, in which messages are manipulated in various ways to make them look indistinguishable from random noise or gibberish.
Is it inconceivable that scientists working on creating a new pathogen might want to start with a natural virus that's benign to humans and then genetically modify it in such a way that it could plausibly be mistaken for a random mutation?
I know the study mentioned in the Science Daily article claims to rule out that possibility, but it does so based on the fact that the mutation appears
to be natural. Appearances can be deceiving.
People making nonsense up and putting it forth as "theory" is also deceiving.
The article is written by experts in the field. People who have forgotten more about immunology than everyone in this forum ever knew all added together.
I guess we can always just make shit up and say "maybe this happened, you can't prove it didn't."
Maybe aliens came down and live secretly among us, spreading the virus after receiving instructions from their HQ located underneath the Great Pyramid.
Anyway, this is not meant as a personal attack of anyone on this thread. It is just very dangerous for people to conjure up "explanations". That is the sort of thinking that leads to people believing in that nonsense and doing dangerous things.
Like intentionally crashing a train near a hospital ship. Or threatening the life of the top medical adviser to the President. Or firing a rifle inside a pizza shop because you actually believed Hilary Clinton was running a pedophile sex ring there.
[edited to sound less like a jerk, hopefully]