- Experts concluded that 2019-nCoV appears to be a hybrid of a coronavirus found in bats and another coronavirus of unknown origin.
- The researchers found that 2019-nCoV was probably transmitted to humans from snakes.
- During the Soviet Era, biological weapons were tested and caused a great number of deaths.
Currently, the world is watching the news about the new virus from China, According to the World Health Organization it is labeled 2019-nCoV. it is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus that has not been found in people before. 2019-nCoV is not the same coronavirus that caused Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003.
Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a viral respiratory illness caused by a coronavirus, called SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV). SARS was first reported in Asia in February 2003. In January 2020, it was confirmed the virus is transmitted from human to human. The virus also has been spreading outside of China. There are two cases confirmed in the US and Toronto announced their first case as well.
Experts concluded that 2019-nCoV appears to be a hybrid of a coronavirus found in bats and another coronavirus of unknown origin. Such viruses are called recombinant. They redistribute genetic material by breaking and joining different DNA molecules. This leads to the appearance of new combinations of genes or other nucleotide sequences. Due to recombination, the viral protein (glycoprotein) recognizes certain receptors on the surface of the host cell and binds to them. This is the key to the penetration of the virus into the body and the development of a viral infection. Glycoproteins are proteins which contain oligosaccharide chains covalently attached to amino acid side-chains. The carbohydrate is attached to the protein in a cotranslational or posttranslational modification. This process is known as glycosylation. Secreted extracellular proteins are often glycosylated.
The researchers found that 2019-nCoV was probably transmitted to humans from snakes. Recombination in a protein that helps the viral receptor communicate with the host cell has enabled interspecific transmission.
The results of the analysis show that the snake is the most likely “reservoir” of 2019-nCoV among wild animals, the authors write in an article presented in the journal of Medical Virology. This information is very important for effective control of the outbreak of pneumonia caused by 2019-nCoV.
China historically used bats and snake poison in their holistic medicines. The virus could spread through that and also due to a myriad of unsanitary conditions. It remains a mystery how the virus could adapt to both cold-blooded and warm-blooded hosts. It is also unknown what the risk are of its further mutation. Nevertheless, could it be that China was testing it in their biological warfare arsenal and it’s just gone wrong or it was created in the lab and some type of contamination occurred? It is not a new phenomenon for totalitarian nations to sacrifice their own populous for the so called “greater good.”
After World War II, the Soviets tested plague bacteria and SAPA on Japanese prisoners. They left them alone with infected rats in a locked dark room. One of the Japanese prisoners escaped to Mongolia, infecting thousands of Mongolians with the virus.
Cholera outbreak during the 1960s in the former Soviet nation of Uzbekistan was also believed to be due to Soviet Laboratory testing. Cholera is an infectious disease that causes severe watery diarrhea, which can lead to dehydration and even death if untreated. It is caused by eating food or drinking water contaminated with a bacterium called Vibrio cholerae.
During the Cold War era, the Soviets were involved in testing biological weapons. According to a BBC report published in 1971, a Soviet scientist mysteriously fell ill in the research vessel that strayed into a brownish haze. A few days after, she was diagnosed with smallpox.
Interestingly, she had already been vaccinated against the disease. Though she recovered, the outbreak went on to infect a further nine people back in her hometown, three of whom died, including her younger brother.
They weren’t being paranoid. Aerial photographs taken by the CIA in 1962 revealed that while other islands had piers and fish-packing huts, this one had a rifle range, barracks and parade ground. But that wasn’t even the half of it. There were also research buildings, animal pens and an open-air testing site. The island had been turned into a military base of the most dangerous kind: it was a bioweapons testing facility. The project was called Aralsk-7
In August 2016, US scientists made an announcement that they have found the cause of the anthrax epidemic in Yekaterinburg in 1979. It killed dozen of the Soviets and it wasn’t livestock that was infected, which was the official version, but a leak of the virus from a secret Soviet military laboratory. Could it be the same with this Chinese 2019-nCoV?
The Women’s International League and Freedom claims it is possible that Russia and China and a myriad of other nations continue to test and store biological warfare. Despite being signatories to the UN Convention pertaining to biological warfare. The Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction was the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of an entire category of weapons and went into effect in 1975.
The question remains could it be that China was testing biological weapons and it went wrong? It is plausible with the given details about the virus. Specifically how could it mutate from cold blooded to hot blooded hosts? It could be a very well developed hybrid in the Chinese laboratory. Is it time to look at the China closely for such activities?