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A natural emergence is still possible, but COVID-19 has a genetic footprint that has never been seen before in a natural coronavirus and suggests the virus originated in a lab, say two U.S. experts. Dr. Steven Quay and Richard Muller made the assertion Sunday in an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal and based it on the genomic sequencing patterns of COVID-19 and large discrepancies in its genetic diversity compared to the other coronaviruses responsible for SARS and MERS. Quay is a medical doctor, the chief executive officer at Atossa Therapeutics and author of the book “Stay Safe: A physician’s Guide to Survive Coronavirus.” Muller is a professor of physics at the University of California Berkeley and was previously a senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Genomes are like a blueprint for a factory that makes cells, in which the genome or blueprint dictates the ways in which cells make proteins. Each genome consists of three letters and there are 64 letters in total that represent the 20 different amino acid types. Genomes consist of three letters in combination that make a “word.”

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