Things are getting weird when Google Cloud, data curation, GitHub, and pandemics collide.

biorxiv.org/content/10.1101/20

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github.com/jbloom/SARS-CoV-2_P

<< The origin and early spread of SARS-CoV-2 remains shrouded in mystery. Here I identify a data set containing SARS-CoV-2 sequences from early in the Wuhan epidemic that has been deleted from the NIH's Sequence Read Archive. I recover the deleted files from the Google Cloud, and reconstruct partial sequences of 13 early epidemic viruses. ...

<< ... Instead, the progenitor of known SARS-CoV-2 sequences likely contained three mutations relative to the market viruses that made it more similar to SARS-CoV-2's bat coronavirus relatives.

Competing Interest Statement

The author consults for Moderna on SARS-CoV-2 evolution and epidemiology, consults for Flagship Labs 77 on viral evolution and deep mutational scanning.. >>

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"I recover the deleted files from the Google Cloud, and reconstruct partial sequences of 13 early epidemic viruses"

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