The hypothesis that the novel Corona virus was caused by a laboratory error made by French Professor Luc Montagnier – one of the discoverers of HIV – has sparked great debate today in the scientific community.
According to Montagnier, Nobel Prize winner for medicine, the new Corona virus was caused by an attempt to produce a vaccine against HIV, citing the presence of elements of the HIV virus in the genome of the new virus, as well as elements of the “malaria virus”. .
He says that these characteristics of the emerging corona virus cannot happen naturally, and that the error may have occurred in a laboratory in Wuhan, China, according to his opinion.
But the epidemiologist Etienne Simon Laurier of the Pasteur Institute in Paris told Agence France-Presse that the words of Montagnier “do not make sense, as we find these small elements in other viruses of the same family, in other corona viruses in nature.”
Laurier, who is in charge of the Institute’s evolutionary genetic structure, adds that parts of the genome actually resemble many of the chains in the genetic characteristics of bacteria, viruses and plants, asking: “If we take a word from a book and it is like a word in another book, does that mean we copied it?”
For some time now, the hypothesis that the emerging corona virus was caused by genetic manipulations has been applied, and it was excluded thanks to the analysis of the virus genome provided by the Chinese. Researchers in different regions of the world were able to diagnose and analyze it themselves from samples taken from patients.
Montagnier, who previously worked at the Pasteur Institute, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2008 for his diagnosis of the virus responsible for AIDS with his colleague, Professor Francoise Barre Senussi.
It is reported that coinciding with the emergence of the Corona virus, the media and social media circulated many rumors, among them that this virus was made in the laboratory of a Chinese institute.
US President Donald Trump had announced that his country was investigating the extent that the Corona virus had emerged from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which was the outbreak of the epidemic in the world, but Beijing denied that it produced the virus in one of its laboratories, citing the World Health Organization.