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The coronavirus has led to a worldwide crisis for over a year. In a new study, nanoscientist Prof. Dr. Roland Wiesendanger of the University of Hamburg illuminates the origins of the virus. His findings conclude there are a number of quality sources indicating a laboratory accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as the cause of the current pandemic.

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Here is my translation of the intro. and summary of the study, which is in German. This is more detailed than the press release.

Motivation and main results of the study: Overview

The current coronavirus pandemic poses for many people the greatest challenge since the end of the Second World War. The global crisis is associated with the loss of many lives associated with COVID-19 disease (in one year, approximately 1.8 million deaths in one year according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University, USA). Along with an unprecedented economic crisis, there are many consequences, some of which remain to be seen, for people's lives and prosperity - in many cases affecting the most basic necessities of life, especially in the poorest countries of the world.

Even if the current public debate is naturally focused primarily on the consequences of the pandemic in the health sector, in the economy and in many areas of society, the question of the origin of the pandemic is of central importance. Whenever a new type of virus emerges, it is very important to identify the source of the virus as well as to learn exactly how it spreads, as a basis for current and future action, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The science-based approach to this important topic is the subject of the present study.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been two different attempts to explain its cause:

1) The accidental transmission of coronaviruses from the animal kingdom to humans ("zoonosis"), whereby a certain type of bat has been suggested as the original source. As a result of a virus mutation with the involvement of an intermediate host animal, transmission to humans may have taken place via an animal market in the center of the city of Wuhan (China), the place of origin of the coronavirus pandemic.

2) Alternatively, ever since the beginning of the pandemic a laboratory accident in a biotechnological high-security laboratory in the center of the city of Wuhan (not far from the suspected animal market) has been mentioned as a possible cause. This suspicion is based on the fact that high-risk research and genetic manipulation of coronaviruses have been at the center of the activities of the virology institute in Wuhan for many years, as is documented by publications in the scientific literature.

To date, there is no scientifically based rigorous evidence for either of these two theories. In such a situation, scientists - irrespective of their field of expertise - should adopt a neutral stance and hold an open-ended discussion until the decisive question can be answered. However, a number of renowned virologists very early on adopted the first theory, of zoonotic origin, in public statements. This has led politicians and other leading public figures to speak increasingly of the coronavirus pandemic as a "natural disaster."

But is this really a natural disaster, comparable to an earthquake, a tsunami or a volcanic eruption? Is the current global crisis actually the result of an accident of nature, an accidental mutation of a bat coronavirus with the cooperation of an intermediate host animal? Or is it the result of carelessness on the part of a scientist while conducting high-risk research with global pandemic potential?

Since there is no science-based evidence in the strict sense of the word to answer this important question, at present only circumstantial evidence can be cited which makes one or the other theory more probable.

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(Intro. and summary, continued)

This year-long study concludes that both the quantity and quality of the evidence clearly points to a laboratory accident at the Wuhan City Virological Institute as the cause of the current pandemic. The authors have used science-based literature as well as independently verifiable relevant documents, which are cited in the main part of the study and partly reproduced in the original since the target audience of this study may not have the means or time to access this literature directly.

Some of the key indications that point to a laboratory accident as the cause of the current pandemic, which are presented and discussed in detail in this study, are briefly summarized below:

- Coronaviruses that originated in bats do not lead as readily to infectious diseases in humans with the severity we are experiencing in the current pandemic (very high transmission rate and viral infestation not only of the respiratory tract but also other organs, among other things). Virologists speak in this context of an "adaptation barrier."

- Mutations of coronaviruses could have occurred in intermediate host animals and eventually have been transmitted to humans in wildlife markets. However, such an intermediate host animal has not yet been identified in the context of the current coronavirus pandemic.

- In addition, a key fact is that a significant proportion of the very first COVID-19 patients in Wuhan had no contact with the suspected wildlife market at all. This has been substantiated by several original scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

- There is ample independent evidence that a young female scientist at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the first to be infected with the novel coronavirus in the laboratory, and thus was at the beginning of the COVID-19 infection chain. Her entry on the institute's website has been deleted and her whereabouts since the end of 2019 is unknown.

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(Intro. and summary, continued)

- According to numerous reports, bats were not offered for sale in the suspected wildlife market in Wuhan. However, over many years, bat viruses from distant caves in a southern Chinese province have been collected and brought back to Wuhan by scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This has been substantiated by several original scientific publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

- Over many years, a group of researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology have not only studied naturally occurring coronaviruses, but also manipulated them genetically with the aim of making them more infectious and dangerous to humans. This so-called "gain-of-function" research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology has been documented in many peer-reviewed scientific journals for years.

- There were reports of significant safety deficiencies at the Wuhan Institute of Virology even before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. The statistics of documented accidents in biotechnological high-security laboratories show that unintentional releases of highly infectious viruses from such laboratories has not been uncommon in the past, both in China and, for example, in the USA. In addition, video recordings exist which prove that laboratory waste at the Wuhan Institute of Virology was not properly disposed of and that the employees of the institute were not wearing adequate protective clothing.

- An analysis of cell phone usage in and around the Wuhan Institute of Virology in the second half of 2019 indicates that in the first half of October 2019 there was a temporary disruption of laboratory operations and barriers erected around the institute premises. At the same time, the initial confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease resulting in death occurred in various hospitals in the city of Wuhan as early as October 2019. This also explains, among other things, why the very first cases of COVID-19 illness appeared in Europe in November 2019, detected retrospectively (for example, by detailed analysis of the lung images of a COVID-19 patient in France).

On the basis of these and many other findings presented in the present study, and based on scientific publications and verifiable documents, it is all the more surprising that numerous virologists continue to propagate in the media only zoonosis as the cause of the current pandemic. Therefore, this study also addresses the role of science in connection with the question of the origin of the current coronavirus pandemic.

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You've certainly dug into this, Michael, in your own indomitable

manner. Thanks.

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Thanks, Nels. The beat goes on. Wiesendanger is getting massive negative feedback, even from his own university. Predictable, but hard to keep up with. I will try to post translations of his responses here. The study itself is in German but the accompanying literature is all in English.

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But I have just learned from Prof. Wiesendanger that he is getting a lot of positive mail from outside Germany.

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Danke, Komrad - jaja ja wohl

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Michael, as you may have well-noted. My deutsch ist nicht gut; I only learned what I use, by ear, when the frau und sex kinder spent the summer am deutschland with me (1969).

Frankenreich -- c'est la va sans dire.

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Here is my translation of an interview with Prof. Wiesendanger by a German tv news channel, where he is asked about the criticisms of his study. It's a Google doc but you should be able to open it without a Google account.

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Here is my translation of the Stellungnahme ("Opinion") of the Corona Structural Task Force, also at the Univ. of Hamburg, which as far as I know is the only published "scientific" criticism of Prof. Wiesendanger's paper. The individual author I think is Andrea Thorn (see here) but the whole team apparently stands behind it. Virtually all of the comments in the German press (and probably elsewhere, haven't checked) are remarkably and uniformly negative, and appeared almost immediately. So many "wise" reporters who have such strong opinions! Whenever that happens, we should be on the alert.

The comments on the website where the Stellungnahme appears could be of interest. Most of them are in English.

My humble opinion is that if possible, the question of lab origin should be pursued without trying to fix the blame on any one country. Blaming "the Chinese" will inevitably involve the US, since there are proven ties. The emphasis should be on banning all such research everywhere, not on forcing particular governments to accept responsibility, which we known damn well they will never, ever do.

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How goes, Michael? This thorough report from Universitat Hamburg leaves me feeling that

Mr Wiesendanger and the Univ itself may have been influenced by some power or group(cia?) by bribery or threat, causing this non-peer vetted 'intelligence' to be published

for political purposes. Couldn't Russia and Navalny, even Nordstream 2, have been worked

into this release? The TEAM seems to me a worthy group of experiencd scholars, however.

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I haven't made up my mind about it, Nels. But I don't think this is any more than one man's considered opinion. The MSM and the Hamburg "Corona Team," however, are all on the same bandwagon.

Logic dictates that all parties involved will want desperately to eschew responsibility, and since there is evidence of the US co-funding some of the Chinese research, there would be a massive effort to keep that from unraveling. The easiest way out is to stonewall on the question of lab origin, regardless of where or when or by whom.

It will be difficult or impossible to get to the truth in this situation, since the governments involved will make it so. The best thing to do, imho, is to set aside the question of blame altogether, admit that it is at least POSSIBLE that it was a lab accident, and therefore BAN ALL GOF/BIOWARFARE (which is always disguised as "defensive") RESEARCH EVERYWHERE.

This is at least as important as banning nuclear weapons. Much worse, actually, since I think the danger of accidents is much greater than even in nuclear weapons research.

Prof. Wiesendanger's study is intended to provoke precisely this debate. It is in the interests of the Establishment and Deep States everywhere to close it down. As he says, unfortunately the lab-origin question was also raised by Trump-related people, which tainted it from the beginning. Ditto if the Alt-Right gets hold of it. But if you want to see "intelligence" behind everything, you can certainly see it there as well. Stirring up "conspiracy theories" so they can be discredited, and whatever truth might be with them as well, is not a new tactic.

The best thing to do is stay with the science as much as possible, and use our common sense. That's hard enough.

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