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Anomalies in BatCoV/RaTG13 sequencing and provenance

Daoyu Zhang

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    "description": "<p>To this date, the most critical piece of evidence on the purposed &ldquo;natural origin&rdquo; theory of SARS-CoV-2, was the sequence known as RaTG13, allegedly collected from a single fecal sample from Rhinolophus Affinis. Understanding the provenance of RaTG13 is critical on the ongoing debate of the Origins of SARS-CoV-2. However, this sample is allegedly &ldquo;used up&rdquo; and therefore can no longer be accessed nor sequenced independently [1], and the only available data was the 3 related Genbank accessions: MN996532.1, SRX7724752 and SRX8357956.</p>\n\n<p>We report these datasets possessed multiple significant anomalies, and the provenence of the promised claims of RaTG13 or it&rsquo;s role in proving a &ldquo;probable bat origin&rdquo;[2] of SARS-CoV-2 can not be satisfied nor possibly be confirmed.</p>", 
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