Can We Tell If the Coronavirus Was Bioengineered?

April 16, 2020

Can scientists tell if the new coronavirus was bioengineered? Yes. Was it? No. North Carolina State University virologist Barbara Sherry explains how scientists know the virus that causes COVID-19 has a natural origin. 

This video is part of a series produced by Sigma Xi and science communicator Brian Malow (@sciencecomedian) to connect COVID-19 questions with scientists. 


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