In response to the article
"Research Note on current nCoV2019 Pandemic"

Sankar Ray

This is in response to the article “Research Note on current nCoV2019 Pandemic” written by Kalyan Guha.

Please adhere to scientific temper. You wrote ‘It may be a Bio engineered one that got leaked from Wuhan Institute of Virology or other BSL 4 laboratories in the world, handling and storing these Viruses’.

You have also mentioned that -‘Probably we will never find this out and there is no way to prove or disprove this’ without caring to note that Nature Medicine carried a paper, based on a thorough scientific inquiry, stating categorically that it is a naturally evolved virus. “SARS-CoV-2 is the seventh coronavirus known to infect humans; SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 can cause severe disease, whereas HKU1, NL63, OC43 and 229E are associated with mild symptoms6. Here we review what can be deduced about the origin of SARS-CoV-2 from comparative analysis of genomic data. We offer a perspective on the notable features of the SARS-CoV-2 genome and discuss scenarios by which they could have arisen. Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus”.

Apr 6, 2020

Sankar Ray

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