U.S. intelligence officials investigating the origin of coronaviruses have obtained genetic data stored at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China and are now conducting an investigation. CNN reported on the 5th (local time). They have secured the genetic information of a number of virus samples that were being studied at the Wuhan Institute of Virus Research, and by analyzing these data, there is a possibility that the origin of the virus can be clarified.
CNN also reported that “it is unclear when and how the U.S. intelligence authorities were able to access this information. A source told CNN that “the machines that handle the genetic data of these viruses are usually connected to external cloud servers, so it is possible that they were hacked.
U.S. intelligence officials are analyzing the genetic data of the viruses that were being studied at the Wuhan Institute for Virus Research, and are hoping that the database management records and how each virus was obtained are stored there at the same time. First of all, if they can find a way to understand how the viruses stored by the institute mutate over time, they will be able to determine if there was any human manipulation.
In addition, even if it is difficult to determine the origin of the corona from the virus sequence alone, it would be beneficial to understand the “context” of how and where the Wuhan Institute obtained the virus and what it was studied for, CNN reported. CNN reported that it would be a plus to know the “context” of how the data was obtained and what research was done, as this information would provide a clear clue to how the corona occurred.
However, the amount of genetic data that has been secured is so large that the key will be to analyze it and extract usable information. In May of this year, U.S. President Biden ordered the U.S. intelligence authorities to conduct another 90-day investigation into the “Wuhan virus laboratory leak” and other issues in order to clarify the origin of the corona. In fact, it is not easy to secure the personnel to conduct the research. In fact, it is not easy to find people to do the research, as they must not only be scientists with the ability to analyze gene sequences but also be fluent in Chinese and have security clearance from the US government. In order to analyze all of the genetic data under these conditions, the U.S. intelligence community currently relies on supercomputers in 17 laboratories under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Energy.