The covid-19 lab leak hypothesis: did the media fall victim to a misinformation campaign?

  title={The covid-19 lab leak hypothesis: did the media fall victim to a misinformation campaign?},
  author={Paul D. Thacker},
The theory that SARS-CoV-2 may have originated in a lab was considered a debunked conspiracy theory, but some experts are revisiting it amid calls for a new, more thorough investigation. Paul Thacker explains the dramatic U turn and the role of contemporary science journalism 

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