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1. chinaXiv:202107.00039 [pdf]

Tracing the origin of SARS-CoV-2: lessons learned from the past

Qihui Wang; Hua Chen; Yi Shi; Alice C. Hughes; William J. Liu; Jingkun Jiang; George F. Gao; Yongbiao Xue; Yigang Tong
Subjects: Biology >> Virology

新冠病毒的起源仍不清楚。了解新冠病毒如何、何时以及在何处从其天然宿主传播给人类对于预防未来由冠状病毒引发的疫情至关重要。 从与病原体无休止的战斗中吸取教训,结合目前已知的关于新冠病毒起源和中间宿主的研究数据,我们提出全球多个地点都有可能是新冠病毒的起源地。

submitted time 2021-07-28 Hits6537Downloads1006 Comment 0

2. chinaXiv:202107.00013 [pdf]

On the origin of SARS-CoV-2–The blind watchmaker argument

Chung-I Wu; Haijun Wen; Jian Lu; Xiao-dong Su; Alice C. Hughes; Weiwei Zhai; Chen Chen; Hua Chen; Mingkun Li; Shuhui Song; Zhaohui Qian; Qihui Wang; Bingjie Chen; Zixiao Guo; Yongsen Ruan; Xuemei Lu; Fuwen Wei; Li Jin; Le Kang; Yongbiao Xue
Subjects: Biology >> Virology

In the comparison with SARS-CoV of 2003, SARS-CoV-2 is extremely well adapted to the human populations and its adaptive shift from the animal host to humans must have been even more extensive. By the blind watchmaker argument, such an adaptive shift can only happen prior to the onset of the current pandemic and with the aid of step-by-step selection. In this view, SARS-CoV-2 could not have possibly evolved in an animal market in a big city and even less likely in a laboratory. Discussions of the origin of SARS-CoV-2 need to factor in the long process of adaptive shift and some models have indeed advanced in that direction.

submitted time 2021-07-17 Hits5692Downloads563 Comment 0

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