Aaron T. Irving

Senior Research Fellow, Duke-NUS Medical School

Expertise: Virology, Bat immune system

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Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier inaccurately claims that the novel coronavirus is man-made and contains genetic material from HIV

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this coronavirus genome contained sequences of another virus […] the HIV virus (AIDS virus)

SOURCE: Luc Montagnier, Gilmore Health News, Zero Hedge

Published: 20 Apr 2020

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2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) does not contain “pShuttle-SN” sequence; no evidence that virus is man-made

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2019 novel coronavirus contains "pShuttle-SN" sequence proving laboratory origin

SOURCE: Alex Jones, Mike Adams, InfoWars, Natural News

Published: 10 Feb 2020

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No, “HIV insertions” were not identified in the 2019 coronavirus, contrary to claims based on questionable bioinformatics study

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Coronavirus contains 'HIV insertions'

SOURCE: Anonymous, Zero Hedge, InfoWars

Published: 04 Feb 2020

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