2022

"New studies say market is the only ‘plausible’ source of pandemic"


The Los Angeles Times interviewed Dr. Marc Suchard about his research that indicates the COVID-19 pandemic started with jumps from animals to humans.

Not long after the World Health Organization and China released a report last year dismissing the possibility that the SARS-CoV-2 virus originated in a lab leak, scientists from major research institutions around the world noted the paucity of the published data, and advocated for a rigorous scientific investigation into the pandemic’s origins.

An international team of experts responded to that outcry Tuesday with two complementary papers published in the journal Science. Using different analytical approaches, both papers identify Wuhan’s Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market as the epicenter of the pandemic that has since killed more than 6.4 million people worldwide.

Though the exact species of animal isn’t yet known, the authors conclude that SARS-CoV-2 was most likely present in animals sold at the market in late 2019, and jumped into human workers or shoppers in at least two separate instances.

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Hua Zhou
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Thomas Belin
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Jason H. Moore, Ph.D.
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Automated and accessible artificial intelligence methods and software for biomedical data science.

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Sean Darling-Hammond
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