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  1. UK Health Security Agency says an estimated 43,000 people may have been given incorrect negative PCR test results
  2. China has recently demanded that its laboratory in Wuhan be awarded the prestigious Nobel prize for its contribution to the research of Coronavirus. Yes, you are reading that right! China’s Foreign Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson, Zhau Lijian said that China’s Wuhan lab deserves the Nobel prize for studying the coronavirus. This comes after the lab has been nominated for China’s top science award. © BCCL The Chinese Academy of Sciences selected the Wuhan Institute of Virology for its ‘Outstanding Science and Technology Achievement Prize’ in 2021 for identifying the virus. Dr. Li-Meng Yan, a Chinese virologist earlier claimed that the coronavirus was leaked from the Wuhan lab. After hearing about China’s demands asking for a Nobel Prize for the same, she said, “It sounds crazy that China asked for Nobel Prize nomination for Wuhan Lab. When more and more evidence coming out, people are realizing that the COVID-19 pandemic originated in Wuhan, and the labs are involved in the gain-of-function modification of the virus. However, the nomination clearly shows China’s perspective to the world, which is opposite but perfectly fits CCP’s logic." She further said, “Asking for the nomination not only shows CCP regime’s ambitions to the world but also proves how inhuman the communist ideology and dictatorship is. Moreover, it tells you clearly that the COVID-19 is NOT caused by a lab accident, but purposely released to destroy the rival countries by the Chinese government." Zhau Lijian had said according to a press statement, “The genome sequence of Covid-19 was first identified by Chinese scientists, but that does not mean Wuhan is the source of the coronavirus, nor can it be inferred that the coronavirus was made by Chinese scientists.” © BCCL Linian added, “If those that first publish high-quality viral genomes were to be accused of making the virus, then professor Luc Montagnier, who first discovered the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) would be considered the culprit of AIDS rather than awarded the Nobel Prize, and Mr. Louis Pasteur, who discovered microbes, would be held accountable for the disease-causing bacteria all around the globe. By analogy, the team in Wuhan should be awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine for their research on Covid-19 instead.” Now, social media users are angry and are reacting to the news of China asking for a Nobel Prize for the lab. People on Twitter believe that the lab was the original source of the virus and are now heavily criticizing the ministry for asking for a Nobel Prize. Here’s what they have to say- If Wuhan Lab in China deserves Nobel Prize for Medicine according to China; then ISIS deserves the Nobel peace prize too. — Shining Star 🇮🇳 (@ShineHamesha) June 24, 2021We must admit, the work of the Wuhan Institute of Virology really has touched all of our lives, hasn’t it? https://t.co/eicvXkz94v — Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) June 21, 2021considering they want the Wuhan lab to receive a Nobel prize for identifying the virus, you'd think they'd do a better job developing a vaccine to fight it — MikJee (@SMikjee) June 23, 2021Yes indeed... nobel is always awarded for graound breaking in their respective field..... Wuhan virus was and is a Ground breaking virus in the field of Virology.... Just accept it was manufactured in Wuhan lab and every country would recommend for the Nobel. — Samya Das Gupta (@samyaishere) June 23, 2021What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below! View the full article
  3. PM Imran Khan also thanked Bill Gates, his foundation for helping Pakistan with the polio eradication campaign
  4. A new study compiled by British expert Angus Dalgleish and Norwegian scientist Birger Sorensen claims that Chinese scientists created the virus in a laboratory in Wuhan and tried to cover their tracks. Conspiracy theories around the lab have been growing ever since the coronavirus broke out in China last year. However, this new study claims that the virus was not only created in a lab, but scientists tried to manipulate the virus and make it look like it evolved naturally from bats. © Reuters “We think that there have been retro-engineered viruses created. They’ve changed the virus, then tried to make out it was in a sequence years ago,” Dalgleish told The Daily Mail. Gain-of-function projects involving tweaking natural occurring viruses to make them more infectious and lethal were banned in the US. However, the study claims Chinese scientists may have partaken in similar projects where they took a natural coronavirus “backbone” found in China’s cave bats and spliced it onto a new “spike.” The researchers also mention in their study that they found “unique fingerprints” in COVID-19 samples that may have arisen from manipulation in a laboratory. The authors claim they have prima facie evidence that shows Chinese scientists may have retro-engineered the virus for a year. The study alleged "deliberate destruction, concealment or contamination of data” at Chinese labs. © Wikipedia Commons The research by the two authors was obtained by The Daily Mail and is set to be published in the scientific journal Quarterly Review of Biophysics Discovery. Dalgleish and Sorensen worked with American Universities to piece together the information and concluded that Chinese scientists built tools to create the coronavirus. Sorensen told The DailyMail that four amino acids on the spine have a positive charge. This causes them to cling to the negatively charged parts of a human, in turn making it more infectious. Positively charged amino acids can also repel each other and Sorensen said that it was rare to find even three in a row in naturally occurring organisms. “The laws of physics mean that you cannot have four positively charged amino acids in a row. The only way you can get this is if you artificially manufacture it,” Dalgleish told The Daily Mail. “The implication of our historical reconstruction, we posit now beyond a reasonable doubt, of the purposively manipulated chimeric virus SARS-CoV-2 makes it imperative to reconsider what types of Gain of Function experiments it is morally acceptable to undertake,” they wrote. Sorensen believes the virus escaped from lower security areas of the Wuhan institute where he believes gain-of-function projects were being handled and performed. “We have seen lab leaks and we know it’s happening. We also know from the reports we’ve seen, that coronavirus is worked on in Biosafety Level 2 or 3 labs. If they do Gain of Function in such labs, what do you expect?” he said. Source: Daily Mail View the full article
  5. Ever since the pandemic hit, questions about the origin of Coronavirus have ended up becoming personal for every single person, since there isn't a person alive who has not been impacted by it. While on paper, the widely accepted theory still states that it originated in the Wuhan Wet Market, and is a case of animal to human transmission after the consumption of bats, that may not be the truth. © iStock The tricky bit is, no one knows what the truth is, but there are certain important facts that no one is surprisingly talking about, and that raises more questions. They are not black and white pointers and need to be looked at with a dispassionate, logical frame of mind. Author and editor Nicholas Wade raised a few of these pertinent questions, that everybody should be aware of. 1. A case of ignoring important data © iStock The decoding of the virus’s genome showed it belonged to a viral family known as beta-coronaviruses, to which the SARS1 and MERS viruses also belong. The relationship supported the idea that, like them, it was a natural virus that had managed to jump from bats, via another animal host, to people. The wet market connection, the major point of similarity with the SARS1 and MERS epidemics, was soon broken: Chinese researchers found earlier cases in Wuhan with no link to the wet market. But no one paid any heed to this bit because of the overwhelming attention that was diverted towards the wet market theory. 2. A case of 'overwhelmingly' supporting a narrative without even being sure © marlin-prod.literatumonline “We stand together to strongly condemn conspiracy theories suggesting that COVID-19 does not have a natural origin,” a group of virologists and others wrote in the Lancet on February 19, 2020, when it was really far too soon for anyone to be sure what had happened. Scientists “overwhelmingly conclude that this coronavirus originated in wildlife,” they said, with a stirring rallying call for readers to stand with Chinese colleagues on the frontline of fighting the disease. Contrary to the letter writers’ assertion, the idea that the virus might have escaped from a lab invoked accident, not conspiracy. It surely needed to be explored, not rejected out of hand. A defining mark of good scientists is that they go to great pains to distinguish between what they know and what they don’t know. By this criterion, the signatories of the Lancet letter were behaving as poor scientists: They were assuring the public of facts they could not know for sure were true. 3. An ignored case of conflict of interest © Ecohealth Alliance It later turned out that the Lancet letter had been organized and drafted by Peter Daszak, president of the EcoHealth Alliance of New York. Daszak’s organization funded coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. If the SARS2 virus had indeed escaped from research he funded, Daszak would be potentially culpable. This acute conflict of interest was not declared to the Lancet’s readers. To the contrary, the letter concluded, “We declare no competing interests.” 4. A case of dangerous games played inside those labs, away from the public eye © iStock Virologists like Daszak had much at stake in the assigning of blame for the pandemic. For 20 years, mostly beneath the public’s attention, they had been playing a dangerous game. In their laboratories they routinely created viruses more dangerous than those that exist in nature. They argued that they could do so safely, and that by getting ahead of nature they could predict and prevent natural “spillovers,” the cross-over of viruses from an animal host to people. If SARS2 had indeed escaped from such a laboratory experiment, a savage blowback could be expected, and the storm of public indignation would affect virologists everywhere, not just in China. 5. A case of twisting statements to avoid legal loopholesAnother statement that had enormous influence in shaping public attitudes was a letter (in other words an opinion piece, not a scientific article) published on 17 March 2020 in the journal Nature Medicine. Its authors were a group of virologists led by Kristian G. Andersen of the Scripps Research Institute. “Our analyses clearly show that SARS-CoV-2 is not a laboratory construct or a purposefully manipulated virus,” the five virologists declared in the second paragraph of their letter. © iStock However, it's not that simple. Some older methods of cutting and pasting viral genomes retain tell-tale signs of manipulation. But newer methods, called “no-see-um” or “seamless” approaches, leave no defining marks. So, if a virus has been manipulated, whether with a seamless method or by serial passage, there is no way of knowing that this is the case. Andersen and his colleagues were assuring their readers of something they could not know. The discussion part of their letter begins, “It is improbable that SARS-CoV-2 emerged through laboratory manipulation of a related SARS-CoV-like coronavirus.” But wait, didn’t the lead say the virus had clearly not been manipulated? While both sides of the entire narrative are shrouded in secrets and mystery, let's hope the scientific community learns from this debacle, and prepares itself to combat such cases in the future accordingly. View the full article
  6. With the COVID 19 outbreak, our 'normal' lives have been completely disrupted. From people being left vulnerable to the country's health infrastructure being paralysed, COVID 19 has disrupted the worldly order to the extent where even doctors are losing hope because there’s no end to the impact of this deadly virus. View this post on Instagram Earlier, there were reports that the virus was a bioweapon made in the labs of Wuhan and now with the recent report (citing a previously undisclosed U.S. intelligence report) published in the Wall Street Journal, it does feel that there was some truth to those speculations. According to the report, three researchers from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology had taken ill and sought hospital care in November 2019, months before China disclosed the very existence of the COVID-19 virus. Yes, you heard it right. Earlier this year, a team from the World Health Organization spent a month in Wuhan investigating the origin of the virus and concluded that the virus most likely jumped from bats to people. The Sunday Guardian has obtained a copy of the report dated May 19. “The threads of circumstantial information suggest the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 and resulting Covid-19 pandemic could have been the result of an accidental leak from the WIV, particularly given the absence of credible information that supports a zoonotic transmission. Unfortunately, Beijing has hindered the conduct of a full, credible investigation. There is overwhelming circumstantial evidence, however, to support a laboratory leak as the origination of Covid-19, while there is no substantive evidence supporting the natural zoonosis hypothesis,” the report states. The report further goes on to say, “To prevent or quickly mitigate future pandemics, it’s crucial for health experts and the U.S. government to understand how the Covid-19 virus originated. Nevertheless, significant circumstantial evidence raises serious concerns that the Covid-19 outbreak may have been a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.” “The Chinese government has been conducting dangerous and controversial research on bat coronaviruses ever since the original SARS outbreak in 2002. Some of this research resulted in laboratory leaks including a 2004 incident in Beijing that caused an outbreak. After the SARS epidemic, and likely as a result of the publicly known laboratory leaks, the government of China initiated a plan to construct a national high-level biosafety laboratory system to prepare for and respond to future infectious disease outbreaks. The Biosafety Level-4 (BSL-4) laboratory at the WIV was the first in China’s plan to build between five and seven BSL-4 laboratories across the Chinese mainland by 2025. However, just because the laboratory has BSL-4 certification does not mean that research and experiments conducted on bat coronaviruses were done under the strictest safety procedures. The lead scientist at the WIV publicly acknowledged that coronavirus research was being conducted at that laboratory in BSL-2 or BSL-3 laboratories. BSL-2 laboratories only require that researchers wear laboratory coats and gloves, while BSL-4 laboratories require strict decontamination procedures and wearing a full-body positive pressure suit,” added the report. After the report went viral, people on social media lost their cool and want China to be held responsible for the outbreak. People even attacked WHO for its incompetence. Here are the reactions: © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter © Twitter What do you have to say about this revelation? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  7. The lab is "working on an appointment setting system" and will make available "more details soon"
  8. Some scientists have called for China to release details of all coronavirus samples studied at the lab
  9. There is a buzz on social media about TECNO’s Photography pioneer phone Camon 16. Recently, TECNO uploaded videos of its TAIVOS's features on its official Facebook page creating a new hype as the videos look like a sci-fi movie scene. The lab videos show the actual example of amazing...
  10. A private lab in Kerala’s Valanchery has allegedly been conducting a fraud by issuing fake COVID-19 negative reports to people. Arma Laboratory has made over Rs 45 lakhs through this scam. The laboratory is based out of Kozhikode and now Kerala Police is investigating the whole scam that has taken place. According to the police’s investigation, the lab collected approximately 2500 people’s swab samples and only 496 samples were sent to its parent laboratory in Kozhikode. © BCCL The rest of the samples weren’t sent for a test to the parent lab and were issued false Coronavirus negative reports. This is not the only violation that’s been done by the lab, the lab wasn’t even authorized to collect samples and send them to the parent lab for testing. Also, the lab destroyed the samples for which COVID-19 negative certificates were issued. MK Shaji, Inspector, Valanchery police station said in a statement, "We have seized the computers from Arma lab after receiving complaints about the issue of fake COVID-19 test certificates. We found that the data from the computers was deleted. We were able to retrieve the data with the help of a cyber cell and came to know the lab collected 2,500 samples. When we checked with the Kozhikode based lab, they said the lab received only 496 samples. We also came to know that Arma lab officials issued fake COVID-19 negative certificates from untested samples.” © BCCL Kerala is one of the worst affected states in the country and it has around 61,791 active cases in the state and also 791 casualties due to the pandemic so far. But, this scam is extremely scary and made us wonder if we can really rely on the test reports provided to us by the local labs. © BCCL What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below. View the full article
  11. Lanzhou's health commission said Friday that sheep, cattle and pigs were most commonly involved in the spread of the bacteria.
  12. We all knew Tony Stark would be a big part of 'Spiderman: Far From Home' but were we prepared for that? I don't know. Every new trailer or any footage since the release of 'Avengers: Endgame' has talked about Tony - and the fact that he's dead now - and well, now we're learning more and more about him still. In the Iron Man movies, we've seen Tony spending a lot of time in his lab working on his suits and well, 'Spiderman: FFH' shows his 'ward' Peter Parker working in his lab in one of Tony's planes. Remember Peter wearing Tony's glasses in the second official trailer? Now, we get to see what they actually do. Here's a compilation of a bunch of international teasers and trailers that have come out till now. So many new scenes, yet we still don't what the f**k is happening with the multiverse. That will be exciting to watch in just a few months. Actually, here's another set of teasers. Along with all of that, there's apparently a 'leaked' trailer as well which has a bunch of new footage along with everything we've seen before. BROTHERS AND SISTERS I PRESENT TO YOU pic.twitter.com/nC7iNu18i7 — *â§ï½¥ï¾* ð¤ðð²ð¥ð *ï½¥ï¾â§* (@suitedspidey) June 1, 2019 Yes, it's not exactly leaked since it looks like it probably played at some theatre before a movie. ('Endgame', I'm guessing) 'Spiderman: Far From Home' is almost here but it still seems so far away, and we really are dealing with some serious MCU withdrawal right now. July 2nd cannot come fast enough.
  13. The British military laboratory said it could not identify the "precise source" of the nerve agent used in the attack. Photo: AFP LONDON: The British military facility analysing the nerve agent used to poison a Russian spy said on Tuesday it could...
  14. The Long March II-F rocket loaded with China's unmanned space module Tiangong-1 lifts off from the launch pad in the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, Gansu province September 29, 2011. Photo: Reuters An out-of-control space laboratory that will plunge back to Earth in the coming days is unlikely to cause any damage, Chinese authorities say, but will offer instead a "splendid" show akin to a meteor shower. China´s space agency said on Thursday that the nearly eight-tonne Tiangong-1 will re-enter the atmosphere some time between Saturday and Monday. The European Space Agency has a smaller window between midday Saturday and early Sunday afternoon GMT time. But there is "no need for people to worry", the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said on its WeChat social media account. Such falling spacecraft do "not crash into the Earth fiercely like in sci-fi movies, but turn into a splendid (meteor shower) and move across the beautiful starry sky as they race towards the Earth", it said. The lab was placed in orbit in September 2011 and had been slated for a controlled re-entry, but it ceased functioning in March 2016 and space enthusiasts have been bracing for its fiery return. Beijing sees its multi-billion-dollar space programme as a symbol of the country´s rise. It plans to send a manned mission to the moon in the future. China sent another lab into orbit, the Tiangong-2, in September 2016 and hopes to turn it into a crewed space station by 2022. Experts have downplayed any concerns about the Tiangong-1 causing any damage when it hurtles back to Earth, with the ESA noting that nearly 6,000 uncontrolled re-entries of large objects have occurred over the past 60 years without harming anyone. The CMSEO said the probability of someone being hit by a meteorite of more than 200 grammes is one in 700 million. During the uncontrolled re-entry, atmospheric drag will rip away solar arrays, antennas and other external components at an altitude of around 100 kilometres, according to the Chinese space office. The intensifying heat and friction will cause the main structure to burn or blow up, and it should disintegrate at an altitude of around 80 kilometres, it said. Most fragments will dissipate in the air and a small amount of debris will fall relatively slowly before landing, most likely in the ocean, which covers more than 70 percent of the Earth´s surface. Jonathan McDowell, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, estimates that the Tiangong-1 is the 50th most massive uncontrolled re-entry of an object since 1957. "Much bigger things have come down with no casualties," McDowell told AFP. "This thing is like a small plane crash," he said, adding that the trail of debris will scatter pieces several hundred kilometres apart. At an altitude of 60-70 kilometres, debris will begin to turn into "a series of fireballs", which is when people on the ground will "see a spectacular show," he said.
  15. Lab technician Fadumo Jama Yousuf at the Puntland Forensic Center ? a new weapon against Somalia's rape epidemic. Photo:AFP GAROWE: The new freezers at Somalia?s only forensic laboratory can store thousands of DNA samples, although for now there are just five. The big hope is that they could be the start of a revolution in how the troubled Horn of Africa country tackles its widespread sexual violence ? provided some daunting hurdles are overcome. The first sample arrived at the start of the year taken on a cotton swab from the underwear of a woman, a rape victim from the village of Galdogob. It was wrapped in paper and driven 250 kilometres to the Puntland Forensic Centre in Garowe, capital of semi-autonomous Puntland, slipped into a protective glass tube and placed in one of the three ultra-low temperature fridges. If DNA ID can be teased from the sample, this would be a crucial step in convicting the rapist. No longer would it be a case of he-said-she-said, in which the survivor is less often believed than the accused. Two decades of conflict and turmoil have made Somalia a place where lawlessness and sexual violence are rampant. ?Now, people who have been raped hide because they don?t have evidence,? said Abdifatah Abdikadir Ahmed, who heads the Garowe police investigations department. But with the lab, he said, ?it?s a scientific investigation. There are biological acts you can zero in on.? Challenges Not yet, however. Abdirashid Mohamed Shire, who runs the lab, has a team of four technicians ready but is awaiting the arrival of the final pieces of equipment. Their work to provide the evidence that might convict or exonerate has yet to begin. And the pressure is on. The freezers mean the DNA samples can be safely stored for years but Somali law allows a rape suspect to be held for a maximum of 60 days. Shire needs the analysis and identification machines urgently so that, as he put it, ?justice will be timely served?. The laboratory, partly funded by Sweden, was launched last year after the Puntland state government enacted a sexual offences act in 2016, which criminalised sexual offences and imposed tough penalties. But technology alone will not solve Somalia?s many judicial weaknesses. The DNA sample from Galdogob, for example, was stored in unclear and unrefrigerated conditions for five days before being sent to the lab, meaning a defence counsel could potentially argue the DNA evidence had been tampered with. Human rights lawyers worry the new lab might backfire for this reason. ?A lot of thought needs to be given to how the chain of custody can be preserved in these kinds of cases,? said Antonia Mulvey of Legal Action Worldwide, a Kenya-based non-profit organisation. More fundamental still is the failure of Somalia´s police to take sexual assault cases ? and their jobs ? seriously. Corruption is rife, with a legal advisor to Puntland?s justice ministry saying officers ?meddle? in cases, undermining them for personal gain. ?My concern is that the corrupted system could not make a sure success of the lab," the advisor said, requesting anonymity to speak candidly. ?Investing in the lab is good, but we need to think about the preconditions.? The UN Population Fund which helped pay for the lab is trying to address this by running training programmes for dozens of the Garowe police on sample collection, gender violence investigations and documentation. But, the legal advisor cautioned that donors can only do so much. ?The issue is more complicated than training police. It relates to the political commitment of the government. UNFPA can train police but who will pay those you train? Are they given power to do the work??
  16. An undated picture shows a magnification of a lab-grown fully matured human egg ready for fertilization. Doctor David Albertini/University of Edinburgh/Handout via REUTERS LONDON: Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity ? a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice. Publishing their result in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction on Friday, scientists from Britain and the United States said it could one day help in developing regenerative medicine therapies and new infertility treatments. In previous studies, scientists had developed mouse eggs in a laboratory to the stage where they produced live offspring and had also matured human eggs from a relatively late stage of development. This latest work ? by scientists at two research hospitals in Edinburgh and the Center for Human Reproduction in New York ? is the first time human eggs have been developed outside the human body from their earliest stage to full maturity. ?Being able to fully develop human eggs in the lab could widen the scope of available fertility treatments. We are now working on optimizing the conditions that support egg development in this way and studying how healthy they are,? Evelyn Telfer ? who co-led the work ? said. Independent experts not directly involved in this work praised it as important but also cautioned that there is much more to do before lab-grown human eggs could be safely be made ready for fertilization with sperm. ?This early data suggests this may well be feasible in the future,? Ali Abbara ? a senior clinical lecturer in Endocrinology at Imperial College London ? said. ?(But) the technology remains at an early stage, and much more work is needed to make sure that the technique is safe and optimized before we ascertain whether these eggs remain normal during the process, and can be fertilized to form embryos that could lead to healthy babies.? Darren Griffin ? a genetics professor at Kent University in the UK ? said the work was ?an impressive technical achievement?. If success and safety rates were improved, he said, it could in future help cancer patients wishing to preserve their fertility while undergoing chemotherapy treatment, improve fertility treatments, and deepen scientific understanding of the biology of the earliest stages of human life.
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