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Despite 'correction,' Wuhan virologist's 2015 paper on bat-to-human coronaviruses still references mystery strain

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A scientific paper concerning the creation of a novel infectious pathogen by way of gain-of-function research — one that could infect human cells — was published in "Nature Medicine" in 2015. It documented how researchers manufactured a "chimeric virus" by placing the "spike of bat coronavirus SHC014" into the molecular structure of the SARS virus, which could replicate in human airway cells and possibly be transmitted to humans.

That paper, by University of North Carolina epidemiologist Ralph Baric and Wuhan Institute of Virology top coronavirus researcher Zhengli Shi, has been subject to two corrections, the latter of which contains a glaring aberration.

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