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About That Chinese Bioweapon Theory . . .

A security guard stands outside the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, on February 3, 2021. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

The terrific Zeynep Tufekci takes to Twitter to emphasize the importance of the letter in Science magazine declaring “both zoonotic origin and lab accident are ‘viable’” as origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (For more on that letter, read Jimmy Quinn here and here.)

But I have one small quibble with Tufekci’s assessment: “Note that there are many possibilities that combine some of these theories (zoonotic origin *and* lab screw-up, for example). Personally, besides ‘I don’t know,’ the only one I can discount is the bioweapon research: that makes no sense. Rest: needs a genuine investigation.”

I would agree that

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