China’s “Bat Woman” Hunts Down Viruses

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Wuhan-based virologist Shi Zhengli has identified dozens of deadly SARS-like viruses in bat caves, and she warns there are more out there.

The epidemic is one of the worst to afflict the world in recent decades. Scientists have long warned that the rate of emergence of new infectious diseases is accelerating—especially in developing countries where high densities of people and animals increasingly mingle and move about.

the story here

ht/ marco

20 Comments on China’s “Bat Woman” Hunts Down Viruses

  1. Oh sure, next they are going to tell us that we can no longer enjoy our Bat Soup. This is all about controlling what we eat. You like soy, eat soy. But bats are off the menu, no more bats. Damn, I was just developing a taste for them.

  2. @joe6: I know, right? Like, if we can get ‘em to fry up bat wings like pork rinds?
    Shee-it, that and some ranch sauce and an old Milwaukee, it don’t get no better than this.

  3. AOC said she is making margaritas for 2. Who is with her? I’m curious. And since when should the federal government be handing out scholarships? And does she think she should be a recipient? And another thing, I can make a better margarita and I’m not even Port-a Rican.

  4. This is all about convincing people that this virus wasn’t engineered in a ChiCom lab. Which it was.

  5. “The epidemic is one of the worst to afflict the world in recent decades.”

    Look at me still alive and ish’.

    I’m so the Omega Man.

  6. Came from a lab and it has HIV/AIDS
    DNA in it ! If you only knew what monster
    bug they are working on right now…

  7. mithrandir; Quite the story, thanks for posting the link. I suggest everyone view it so as to gain some insight that might help keep the red flag up on this world disaster.

  8. BB & All: My jury is still out on whether it was created in a lab or is the result of “wet markets” in China, or similar eating habits in primitive, superstitious cultures.

    I just read this article out of Taki (overlook the general tone of that blog) yesterday about the recent history of China’s markets and food habits. The more I learn about animal-to-human virus transmission, the more it makes sense to me that this could well be a case of Ockam’s Razor.

    Yesterday, also, I read a headline at Badblue that senators Graham, Booker and a third senator are calling for China to shut down their wet markets for the reasons cited in the linked article. Apparently China knew this was not a matter of if but of when this was going to happen again. Their own health ministers have been fighting to close them, but have been met with overwhelming opposition by a culture that places a premium on exotic animals to dine on and in their traditional medicines.

    An interesting angle to this — to my mind — is the difference in religions (generally) between the east and west (and vast regions of Africa). Christians do not choose their diet strictly from Leviticus anymore, but it is in our tradition, and it was interesting to discover that bats are, specifically, in the “unclean” column.

    11:13 “‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle,[a] the vulture, the black vulture, 14 the red kite, any kind of black kite, 15 any kind of raven, 16 the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, 17 the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, 18 the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, 19 the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.”

    Of course none of this means that this virus wasn’t engineered in a lab. It could easily have been, but perhaps not as a virilogical weapon but, instead, because of the on-going problem of these viruses in China.

    Just a little food for thought.

  9. ….and something that blows my mind is how completely incurious the media — any country’s media — is to finding the answer to where this all began and why. Not a single question out of the WH press pool to the “experts” (who will stand there for two hours answering questions!) about the who, how, what, when or why of this virus’s origins.

  10. …and knowing how these viruses have been transmitted in recent decades, the U.S. should have been better prepared for them. The CDC and NIH should have been making this a priority, knowing how disastrous this would be to the U.S. and the world. These entities should be carefully audited to see where all those billions in research dollars have gone. Seeing how these are undoubtedly the most potentially damaging kinds of diseases there are….

  11. @AA
    “My jury is still out on whether it was created in a lab or is the result of “wet markets” in China..”
    I believe it is a combination of the two – they were infecting lab animals with it for analysis at the lab and some dumbass janitor was selling them at the wet market instead of incinerating them.
    Yaknow…just trying to make a Yuan (chinese dollar).

  12. The Scientific American article was the best in-depth look at the scientific work being conducted at the source of this pandemic that I have read. The Chinese virologist mentioned in the article has been studying this subject for decades, and she believes that more contagions are inevitable. Now that the Chinese Communist leadership has seen how devastating this Wuhan Pandemic has been on their main economic and military rivals, why wouldn’t they set it loose again? It’s a form of germ warfare, and we better be prepared for it when it flies over here the next time.

  13. Bill Gertz of Washington Times wrote recently about another ‘unique’ individual who hunts bats in China (and Viet Nam) and the focus of his article is almost the same as this one. Tian Junhua was the man in that article with all the bat knowledge. Funny how these sudden revelations tend to promote a single ‘all knowing’ seer in this field but they are different individuals with the same dramatic background story-line. Scientific American is a pseudo science liberal driven magazine for popular consumption, whereas Washington Times is an old conservative politically driven newspaper. They both have a similar story but different actors. SciAm blurs the edges and reverts to the problem of man invading the pristine animal environment (the usual blame game) but WashTimes tends to reveal the vast knowledge that CHINA has sequestered from the world for its own use.

    CDC and NIH are liberal academic institutions who would rather hunt down Americans and provide rationale for income redistribution and gun control.

  14. If it was just a problem with bats, why hasn’t Carlsbad, New Mexico been decimated by something the millions of bats flying around that area have in their bloodstream? Perhaps it has something to do with the Bat Soup Slurping and Pangolin scale chomping Chinese habits they practice in Wuhan? I’ve never seen a single bat on a menu anywhere in New Mexico, and they eat a lot of crazy stuff down there.


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