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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - If you tend to believe in conspiracy theories, you can rest easy. The new coronavirus was not engineered in a lab. According to a scientific study conducted by researchers at universities in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, and published in Nature Medicine magazine, the virus is the result of natural evolution, without any kind of human engineering.

The effectiveness of the virus in binding itself to cells in the human body suggests that it is the result of natural selection, according to researchers.

"By comparing available genome sequencing data from the virus' chains . . .

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