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The Origins of SARS-CoV-2: A Critical Review

Holmes, Edward C; Goldstein, Stephen A; Rasmussen, Angela L; Robertson, David L; Crits-Christoph, Alexander; Wertheim, Joel O; Anthony, Simon J; Barclay, Wendy S; Boni, Maciej F; Doherty, Peter C; Farrar, Jeremy; Geoghegan, Jemma L; Jiang, Xiaowei; Leibowitz, Julian L; Neil, Stuart J D; Skern, Tim; Weiss, Susan R; Worobey, Michael; Andersen, Kristian G; Garry, Robert F; Rambaut, Andrew

The Origins of SARS-CoV-2: A Critical Review

Holmes et al.

Published online: 18-Aug-2021, Cell, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2021.08.017

Since the first reports of a novel SARS-like coronavirus in December 2019 in Wuhan, China, there has been intense interest in understanding how SARS-CoV-2 emerged in the human population. Recent debate has coalesced around two competing ideas: a “laboratory escape” scenario and zoonotic emergence. Here, we critically review the current scientific evidence that may help clarify the origin of SARS-CoV-2.

Computer readable versions of data tables, SVG maps, and acknowledgements of sequence data used are available from:

https://github.com/sars-cov-2-origins/critical-review

 

Authors' final peer-reviewed version. Published as: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2021.08.017
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