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When a new pathogen that causes a global epidemic in humans, one key question is where it comes from. This is especially important for a zoonotic infectious disease that jumps from animals to humans. Knowing the origin of such a pathogen is critical to develop means to block further transmission and to develop vaccines. Discovery of the origin of a newly human pathogen is a sophisticated process that requires extensive and vigorous scientific validations and generally takes many years, such as the cases for HIV-1, SARS and MERS. Unfortunately, before the natural sources of new pathogens are clearly defined, conspiracy theories that the new pathogens are man-made often surface as the source. However, in all cases, such theories have been debunked in history.
2019-nCoV, HIV-1, COVID-19, genome, origination
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Emerg Microbes Infect. 2020 Dec;9(1):378-381. doi: 10.1080/22221751.2020.1727299. Link to article on publisher's site
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Xiao C, Li X, Liu S, Sang Y, Gao S, Gao F. (2020). HIV-1 did not contribute to the 2019-nCoV genome. COVID-19 Publications by UMMS Authors. https://doi.org/10.1080/22221751.2020.1727299. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/covid19/2
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