New analysis claims to proves COVID is lab-made virus with 99.8% probability

A new COVID-19 study concludes there is a “99.8% probability SARS-CoV-2 came from a laboratory.” The 193-page paper published January 29th is titled “A Bayesian analysis concludes beyond a reasonable doubt that SARS-CoV-2 is not a natural zoonosis but instead is laboratory derived.” “The purpose of the analysis was to determine the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Beginning with a likelihood of 98.2% that it was a zoonotic jump from nature with only a 1.2% probability it was a laboratory escape, twenty-six different, independent facts and evidence were examined systematically. The final conclusion is that it is a 99.8% probability SARS-CoV-2 came from a laboratory and only a 0.2% likelihood it came from nature,” a summary notes. The author, Dr. Steven Quay, has 360+ published medical studies and has been cited over 10,000 times, placing him in the top one percent of scientists worldwide. What’s more, he holds nearly 90 US patents and has invented seven…

Shapeshifting enables some bacteria to grow more resilient to antibiotics

New research led by Carnegie Mellon University Assistant Professor of Physics Shiladitya Banerjee demonstrates how certain types of bacteria can adapt to long-term exposure to antibiotics by changing their shape. The work was published in the journal Nature Physics. Adaptation is a fundamental biological process driving organisms to change their traits and behavior to better fit their environment, whether it be the famed diversity of finches observed by pioneering biologist Charles Darwin or the many varieties of bacteria that humans coexist with. While antibiotics have long helped people prevent and cure bacterial infections, many species of bacteria have increasingly been able to adapt to resist antibiotic treatments.

What humans can learn from the mice utopia experiment

In 1950, an American ethologist named John Calhoun created a series of experiments to test the effects of overpopulation on the behaviour of social animals. The animals which Calhoun chose for his experiments where mice (and later on rats). He chose rodents as these reproduce rapidly thus allowing him to observe the development of several generations of mice in a relatively short space of time. Calhoun and his researchers found that in a space-limited/resource unlimited environment, the population of mice would explode; peak-out and then collapse to extinction. This test was replicated several times and it was found that these led to the same outcome each time. The reason for this phenomenon was found to derived from social decay which worsened with each generation. The social decay led to unrest in the environment, which in turn led to sub replacement fertility. It was concluded that nature has a limit in which social animals can interact. John Calhoun’s experiments gained…

Antibody spike months after Ebola infection surprisingly common

A substantial proportion of people who survive Ebola may produce a spike in antibody levels more than six months after they’ve recovered from the disease, according to a study published today (January 27) in Nature. Analyzing multiple plasma samples from 51 survivors of the West African outbreak of 2013-2016, researchers found that the levels of virus-neutralizing antibodies declined, as expected, in the days and weeks following recovery. But these levels shot up again in some survivors around the 200- to 300-day mark before declining again — evidence that Ebola virus may be lingering inside their bodies and re-emerging to trigger immune defenses, the researchers conclude in their paper. “The idea that there can be a source of virus that could restimulate the immune system isn’t surprising” in itself, says Carl Davis, an immunologist at Emory University who was not involved in the work. “But the fact that they were seeing this so frequently and to such a big magnitude is really…

Merck scraps COVID vaccines; says it is more effective to get the virus and recover

Shots generated an ‘inferior’ immune system response in comparison with natural infection Vaccine manufacturer Merck has abandoned development of two coronavirus vaccines, saying that after extensive research it was concluded that the shots offered less protection than just contracting the virus itself and developing antibodies. The company announced that the shots V590 and V591 were ‘well tolerated’ by test patients, however they generated an ‘inferior’ immune system response in comparison with natural infection. The company stated that instead it will focus on research into therapeutic drugs labeled as MK-7110 and MK-4482. The drugs aim to protect patients from the damage of an overactive immune response to the virus. “Interim results from a Phase 3 study showed a greater than 50 percent reduction in the risk of death or respiratory failure in patients hospitalized with moderate to severe COVID-19,” the company’s statement noted of the MK-7110 drug. Merck is to receive around…

Oh sh*t. ‘Anal swabs for COVID more accurate,’ sez Chinese expert

More than a million Beijing residents undergoing coronavirus testing amid a fresh outbreak have been administered anal swabs, which are considered more accurate and raise the chances of detecting COVID-19, said a Chinese disease specialist. The key districts of Daxing and Dongcheng began a mass testing drive on Friday after a nine-year-old boy tested positive for the more virulent strain of the virus, first discovered in London and the southeast of England last month. Health authorities in the Chinese capital said they were aiming to screen more than two million people in 48 hours. Among them, around 1.6 million inhabitants in Daxing were to be given antibody tests, as well as throat, nasal and rectal nucleic acid swabs. Anal swabs have been in use since last year, including in the major port city of Shanghai, but the method is so far reserved for individuals in potential COVID-19 hotspots, according to an infectious disease expert quoted by China’s state broadcaster CCTV on…

Study finds neural benefits of early music training

Musicians have more brain connections than non-musicians, according to new research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, and these connections are stronger in those who started training at a younger age. This difference appeared whether or not musicians have perfect or absolute pitch, a rare talent to identify a musical note without any reference, and signifies the benefit of environmental stimulation for brain development. “Our findings underline how the human brain is shaped by experience such as long-term, intensive music training,” says lead author Simon Leipold, from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. “This experience-dependent plasticity might be particularly strong for individuals who start intensive training early in life.” The work builds on research over the past couple of decades with experienced musicians using modern neuroimaging techniques to explore how the brain changes with dedicated training. “Musicians have excellent listening skills,” explains Leipold….

Pregnant women warned not to take Moderna Covid vaccine

The World Health Organization (WHO) has advised pregnant women against having Moderna’s Covid-19 jab. In an update posted on Tuesday to the WHO’s official website, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) said they do not recommend the use of the vaccine in pregnant women. Only those who are at risk of high exposure to the virus, such as healthcare workers, should consider having the jab.

SOTT FOCUS: Objective:Health – Synthetic Biology

Several years ago there was talk of a new technology for food production and processing known as ‘synthetic biology’. Also referred to as’syn-bio’ or ‘GMO 2.0’, the loose terms covered everything from bioengineering yeasts to product particular flavorings or vitamin supplements to lab grown meat. Synthetic Biology involves writing new genetic code and biological “circuits” from scratch by printing them out on a DNA printer. In this way scientists can produce synthetic DNA and manipulate it into other organisms to create new living entities never before found in nature. We don’t hear much about synthetic biology at this point, but it’s not because it has been abandoned. Syn-bio is completely mainstream at this point, with many of the ingredients found in items on grocery store shelve being synthetically manufactured by DNA printed technology. The thing is, few people have heard about this and, as could be expected, no conversation has happened with the general public about whether…

Blockbuster: CDC quietly removes website headline that claimed “Vaccines do not cause autism”

After a court challenge questioning the scientific support behind the claim that “vaccines do not cause autism,” the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has removed that headline from its website. The blockbuster change was made quietly last August, and went largely unnoticed, with no public announcement. The CDC Vaccine-Autism page goes on to state in many different ways that parents should not be concerned about vaccines and autism, and “there is no link,” while at the same time acknowledging a link cannot be ruled out. In a Question and Answer post, CDC says “more research is needed” on the question as to whether vaccines can trigger autism in children with “mitochondrial disorders.” Scientists say many people have mitochondrial disorders but do not know it. More research is needed to determine if there are rare cases where underlying mitochondrial disorders are triggered by anything related to vaccines. According to CDC, mitochondria are like tiny power houses of almost all cells…