TWiV 1121: SARS-CoV2 still didn’t come from a lab

June 9, 2024

TWiV rebuts a recent opinion piece which falsely claims that the COVID-19 pandemic began in a lab (it began in Nature), followed by a discussion of Paride bacteriophage, which has the unsual property of being able to kill dormant, antibiotic-tolerant cells by direct lytic replication.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Brianne Barker, and Jolene Ramsey

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SARS-CoV-2 origin discussions previously on TWiV:

TWiV 1019: Eddie Holmes on SARS-CoV-2 origins

TWiV 1017: From Nature, not a lab

TWiV 995: Viral origin stories

TWiV 940: Eddie Holmes in on viral origins

TWiV 876: Spillover market with Michael Worobey

TWiV 762: SARS-CoV-2 origins with Robert Garry

TWiV 760: SARS-CoV-2 origins with Peter Daszak, Thea Kølsen Fischer, Marion Koopmans

TWiV 774: Kristian Andersen, Robert Garry, and the deleted SARS-CoV-2 sequences

Why the Pandemic Probably Started in a Lab, in 5 Key Points (NY Times)

Phage Paride kills dormant, antibiotic-tolerant cells of Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Nat Comm)

Interview with Enea Maffei (Spotify)

Timestamps by Jolene. Thanks!

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