Li-Meng has been making headlines as the whistleblower for COVID-19 being manufactured inside a laboratory in Wuhan, China. She has gone on several media outlets including Fox to tell the story of how the virus was actually manufactured due to traces in its genome.
Li-Meng Yan's statement regarding the origin of COVID-19
According to her statement, there is no way that the virus that is rampant nowadays could have been from nature. She then stated that the virus had been modified within a lab in Wuhan and that she was told to keep this a secret. Li-Meng has previously published a few papers regarding the explanation as to why she believes that the coronavirus was manufactured and not acquired from nature.
The papers were not really well received by certain biology experts. In fact, she was even asked in an interview if it could have been possible that the virus mutated through transmission from different species instead of coming from the lab due to her argument that the virus we are experiencing today did not match the how it would naturally look like based on genome structure. She then replied that this was a possibility but stuck to her findings.
The paper, the scientists, the study
According to the paper, the scientists along with Li-Meng Yan have been making huge claims that COVID-19 was manufactured in a lab but a total of six leading experts in the study of evolutionary biology as well as infectious disease gave their two cents about the paper.
According to the experts, the paper actually does not offer any new information and even includes a number of unsubstantiated claims. This was also topped with a statement that the scientific case was actually "weak". Three of the most respected experts gave their public statements.
According to Andrew Preston, a known expert in microbial pathogenesis at the particular University of Bath located in the UK says that the pre-print report cannot actually be given much credibility during its current form.
According to the statement of Jonathan Eisen, a known evolutionary biologist located at the University of California over at Davis, the paper is "filled" with particular "unsubstantiated claims".
According to another evolutionary biologist at the known University of Washington located in Seattle and also a co-author of the Calling B*******: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, Carl Bergstrom, the particular paper was actually "bizarre" and also "unfounded".Tonight an odd research institute released a bizarre and unfounded preprint claiming an engineered origin to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Already downloaded 100K times, the paper was picked up by the NY Post. The research institute? Directed by Steve Bannon until his recent conviction. pic.twitter.com/btuK7Xt15T — Carl T. Bergstrom (@CT_Bergstrom) September 15, 2020
Should whistleblower Li-Meng Yan be believed?
The problem with the given situation is that although Li-Meng Yan's claims make sense, there are a number of experts disproving her statement regarding the matter. The final verdict has not yet been pinpointed as new evidence still continues to unfold.
Due to the number of experts' comments regarding Li-Meng Yan disapproving the finding and no experts so far supporting it, it is hard to get to the bottom of the matter.
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Written by Urian Buenconsejo
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