Scientists claim to have found ‘synthetic fingerprints‘ in the Covid-19 virus which suggest it may have been manufactured in a lab.
The study by Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory concludes that the fingerprint is ‘anomalous in wild coronaviruses, and common in lab-assembled viruses’.
While the study is yet to be peer reviewed, its findings have the potential to reveal just how the virus appeared.
Covid-19’s emergence in Wuhan, China was initially blamed on infected bats which were sold at the Huanan Seafood market.
Debate continues while scientists search for the cause of the virus. Members of the public remain open-minded on the issue.
Sophia, 22, Essex was concerned about the idea of a manufactured virus stating: “if it is for political reasons, or more than that, it’s quite dangerous to know that that can be done.”
Sue, 61, London was unsure: “who can say, these things do not just appear, whatever one party says another counters. It’s propaganda.”
Tiago, 37 from London didn’t want to rule out any theories: “I don’t know, but it’s possible.”