Research by DRASTIC, a group of researchers working together to investigate the origins of SARS-COV-2, starting from facts and not bending to any pressure. DRASTIC members were the first ones to discover the Mojiang ‘miners’ story.

Introduction:

What exactly happened at the Mojiang mine in April 2012 is important. It is in that mine that RaTG13 (aka. BatCov/4991) — the closest known relative to SARS-CoV-2 — was sampled in 2013 by the WIV virus hunters.

The story around RaTG13 is itself rather confusing, but we will not delve into this here (see instead [1, 2] for some analysis). …


Research by DRASTIC, a group of researchers working together to investigate the origins of SARS-CoV-2, starting from facts and not bending to any pressure. DRASTIC members were the first ones to discover the Mojiang ‘miners’ story.
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4293257

Introduction

In 2003–04, in the wake of the SARS epidemics, there were multiple cases of laboratory acquired infection (LAI) with SARS in just a few months: first in a P3 in Singapore, then in a P3 lab that was part of a military P4 complex in Taipei, and last a protracted case in a P3 in Beijing. …


Thanks Nassim,

We are both converging to the same origin now.

mutua muli -> mutuam muli -> mutuum muli scabunt

This is the full analysis (Erasme's Adagia) going back to the corruption of the original mutuum muli scabunt:

http://ihrim.huma-num.fr/nmh/Erasmus/Proverbia/Adagium_696.html

You will appreciate the "Meminit hujus et Varro libro De lingua Latina tertio. Quanquam is locus est foedissime depravatus non temporum modo culpa, verumetiam impressorum istorum vulgarium, quibus hoc unice propositum videtur, ut omneis bonos libros radicitus extinguant".


I cannot find an attested 'mutua muli'.

If my latin still serves me right, mulus/muli singular, so should be mutui muli, or more likely mutuo [verb] muli.

Maybe you are thinking of 'mutuo/mutuum muli scabunt' which is attested.

It's another version of 'fricantem frica'.

fricantem frica = rub what's rubbing [sc. you] , muli mutuo scabunt = mules scratch each other

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Talk:ka


Research by DRASTIC, a group of researchers working together to investigate the origins of SARS-CoV-2, starting from facts and not bending to any pressure. DRASTIC members were the first to discover the Mojiang ‘miners’ story.

Introduction

Here we examine the circumstances behind the redaction of the Terms-of-Reference (ToRs) of the Global Study of the Origins of SARS-COV2.

These ToRs were published on the WHO website on the 5th November 2020 after being negotiated in July 2020 by a small WHO team sent to China.

While these very restrictive ToRs had huge consequences in limiting the China-WHO team ability to properly look…


Very good article, Elliott.

Some little corrections:

- The US has around 1,500 [A]BSL3 labs (individual labs, not lab complexes). See reference [73] in Demaneuf & de Maistre, which points you to a nice graph in https://www.gao.gov/new.items/d09574.pdf

[we did a similar graph for China: see page 35 of our paper]

- China has 2 P4 lab complexes with Harbin being now operative. It is planning 5 to 7 by 2025 (see page 36 of our paper)

- For some good counts of P4s worldwide please see https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331496732_The_global_proliferation_of_high-containment_biological_laboratories_understanding_the_phenomenon_and_its_implications

and (not as good as the one above) https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/who-consultative-meeting-high-maximum-containment-(-biosafety-level-4)-laboratories-networking-venue


Random musings about isoglosses and pains-au-chocolat — a linguistic flâneur’s journey

Isoglosses are separation lines between distinct linguistic features of a main language. On one side on the line on a map a feature is prominent, on the other side an alternative is dominant. The word says it all: ἴσος (isos), for ’equal‘ and γλῶσσα (glōssa), for ’language‘.

German Isoglosses:

German has some very interesting isoglosses, behind the illusory uniformity of the Hochdeutsch which is taught as a foreign language and common on national (but certainly not local) TV programs. Here are some of my favourites:

  • The ‘Ich / Ik’ isogloss, also…


Research by DRASTIC, a group of researchers working together to investigate the origins of SARS-CoV-2, starting from facts and not bending to any pressure. DRASTIC members were the first to discover the Mojiang ‘miners’ story.

Note (14 Feb 2021):
During WHO conference of the 9th Feb 2021, Liang Wannian effectively confirmed that the data collection described in this article was part of the Feb 2020 WHO initiative. The leak has now been fully validated.

1. The Request for Data Collection

a. Summary:

On Wednesday the 19th Feb 2020, on behalf of the CCP’s national Investigation Team, the “Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia Epidemic Prevention and Control Headquarters” sent a…


Note: this is a short adaptation of a section of ‘Outlines of a probabilistic evaluation of possible SARS-CoV-2 origins’ by G. Demaneuf and R. De Maistre, https://zenodo.org/record/4067919.

In this article we show that there are at least 112 individual BSL-3 labs in China across 62 lab complexes, and we further show how this number has evolved over the last 15 years.

Ways of counting labs

Counting BSL-3 labs in China is rather difficult as there is no official count and the few numbers published can be rather contradictory. Note also that there may be two ways of counting the labs:

  • One can count individual…


Note: this is a short adaptation of a section of ‘Outlines of a probabilistic evaluation of possible SARS-CoV-2 origins’ by G. Demaneuf and R. De Maistre, https://zenodo.org/record/4067919.

A review of Chinese scientific papers and government-aligned publications shows that the relevant Chinese supervising authorities and the Chinese government itself have consistently evaluated the Lab Escape risk as all too real. Their declarations and writings are therefore consistent with the scale of the Lab Escape risk highlighted in this paper. Here is a quick review of such evaluations:

Yang Zhanqiu’s evaluation of the risk in Chinese BSL labs (16th Feb 2020):

Yang Zhanqiu, a deputy director of the pathogen biology department at Wuhan University, was…

Gilles Demaneuf

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