In the event that the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was indeed transmitted to humans as a result of a leak from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, there will be little chance of proving it. Doctor of Biological Sciences, Professor of the School of Systems Biology at George Mason University (USA) Ancha Baranova told about this in an interview with “Lente.ru”.
The biologist explained that the version of the “laboratory” origin of the coronavirus has undergone changes throughout the pandemic. The first was primitive and consisted in the existence of certain scientists who specially made a virus, imprisoned it for a person and released it into the world. This theory did not stand up to criticism, because in order to create a virus with certain properties from scratch, it must be tested all the time, Baranova emphasized.
“You first need to tweak something, and then see what it has led to. You can’t ask a mouse if it has a headache or not. And even if done on laboratory mice or rats “close to human”, it will take an infinite amount of time. But the most important thing is that it is almost impossible to hide this, you can always track that there are suspiciously many laboratory animals concentrating there, ”the biologist explained, evaluating this hypothesis.
Later, a “modernized” version appeared, according to which, during experiments with the detected virus, some incident occurred and the virus got out of the laboratory. For example, due to non-compliance with safety procedures, one of the laboratory staff could become infected and then transmit the infection outside the laboratory.
“But the problem is that there is no direct evidence for such a hypothesis and cannot be. Indirect only. It is foolish to think that the WHO will go to China and find there a broken test tube or some compromising documents. The institute in Wuhan is huge; more than a thousand people work there. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, ”the specialist is sure.
Earlier, the chief researcher at the Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Professor, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Pyotr Chumakov said that the assumption that the coronavirus originated from the laboratory is the most likely. According to him, there are many factors that indicate this.