‘Mink fur industry cause of COVID-19 pandemic’


This 17 August 2020 video from the USA is called Utah mink test positive for virus linked to COVID-19 in humans.

Translated from Dutch NOS radio today:

Research: dozens of infections on mink farms

At least 66 workers and family members have been infected by outbreaks on mink fur businesses. That is 68 percent of the total number of people tested on the farms, according to an extensive Dutch investigation into the outbreak at sixteen businesses. Certainly in a number of cases the virus has been transmitted from mink to humans. The outbreak on mink farms is therefore more fierce than expected. Minister Schouten (Agriculture) initially did not estimate the risk of mink contamination on humans to be high.

The research was published on a life sciences website early this month. The scientists suspect that the virus had been circulating in mink populations for some time before it spread to humans. The virus also mutated widely among minks; on average once every two weeks.

The scientists do not have a direct explanation for the fact that the virus spread from breeding business to breeding business in May and June, when the outbreak was contained nationally. They list infected farm visitors or feral cats as possible causes. The Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority has now also started an investigation into possible deliberate infections. In total, at least fifty of the 128 mink farms in the Netherlands are now infected.

However, the study has virtually established that mink can be regarded as a reservoir for the virus. Virologist and research leader Marion Koopmans of Erasmus MC tells De Volkskrant daily that the fur industry may well be the “missing link” that contributed to the transfer from animals to humans in China. “This could be a plausible intermediate step in the virus’ journey from bats to humans,” she says.

Lost frogs rediscovered in Brazil


Megaeloisa bocainensis. Photo Délio Baêta/Provided

From Cornell University in the USA:

Lost frogs rediscovered with environmental DNA

September 8, 2020

Scientists have detected signs of a frog listed extinct and not seen since 1968, using an innovative technique to locate declining and missing species in two regions of Brazil.

The frog, Megaelosia bocainensis, was among seven total species — including four other declining species, and two that had disappeared locally for many years — that were detected. The findings appeared in a paper, “Lost and Found: Frogs in a Biodiversity Hotspot Rediscovered with Environmental DNA,” published in August in Molecular Ecology.

Megaelosia bocainensis. A disappeared species from Parque Nacional da Serra da Bocaina, Brazil, known only from this museum specimen collected in 1968, and detected by eDNA surveys. In the study, the researchers collected and screened environmental DNA (eDNA) in the biodiverse Atlantic Coastal Forest and Cerrado grasslands of Brazil.

The eDNA technique offers a way to survey that can confirm the presence of species undetected by traditional methods, providing a tool for conservation scientists to evaluate the presence of threatened species, especially those with low population densities and those not seen in years.

After careful research to identify species at various levels of threat in these regions of Brazil, the researchers used the eDNA method to search for 30 target amphibian species in six localities where the frogs were known to previously live.

“Little bits of DNA in the environment don’t tell us about how many individuals there are or whether those individuals are healthy, but it does tell us that the species is still present,” said senior author Kelly Zamudio, the Goldwin Smith Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“This is one more kind of survey data, and for species that are declining or locally disappeared, it not only means they are there, but there’s now the potential to study them in more detail,” she said, noting that for many species, very little is known.

Around the world, conservationists have been challenged to keep pace with declining and disappearing amphibians. At the same time, living organisms leave DNA traces in the soil, water and air. Now, scientists are increasingly using highly sensitive sampling techniques to detect eDNA for conservation purposes.

In the study, the researchers targeted 13 frog species that have totally disappeared and are presumed extinct; 12 frogs that have disappeared locally but are still found in other parts of their range; and five species that were once very abundant and are still there but hard to find.

The researchers hiked into the sampling sites carrying battery packs, a shoebox-sized peristaltic pump and backpacks of sterile tubing. They used the pump and tubing to draw up to 60 liters of stream or pond water through a capsule fitted with a filter for capturing DNA. A buffer was then applied to stabilize and preserve the DNA on the filter.

Back in the lab, the researchers extracted the DNA, genetically sequenced it, weeded out genetic material from humans, pigs, chickens and other organisms until they could isolate all the frog DNA.

“Now you’ve got a subset of genetic sequences that we know only belong to frogs, and then it’s step by step, going finer and finer, until you get to the genus and species you are looking for,” Zamudio said.

Identifying M. bocainensis required clever detective work: The species disappeared long ago, and there were no tissues from which to extract DNA for comparison with the eDNA. But the researchers did have the sequences for all the sister species in the genus Megaelosia and they knew the ranges of the sister species and M. bocainensis.

“We know there’s a Megaelosia there,” Zamudio said, “we just don’t know which one it is, but the only one that has ever been reported there historically is the one that went missing. Do we believe it? That’s how far the analysis can take us.”

Zamudio added that samples from nearby areas may be worth collecting for more signs of M. bocainensis.

Carla Martins Lopes, a researcher at São Paulo State University in Brazil, is the paper’s first author.

The Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development and the São Paulo Research Foundation funded the study.

Facebook bans Dutch anarchist, welcomes nazis


This 9 February 2016 video says about itself:

Zuckerberg slammed after Facebook censors posts

Many are furious with CEO Mark Zuckerberg after Facebook censored an iconic photograph from the Vietnam War.

On 11 September 2020, Dutch anarchist Peter Storm reported on his blog that Facebook corporation had banned his Facebook account forever.

Why did Facebook censor me? Peter Storm wanted to know. He got the vague reply that he had supposedly violated ‘Facebook guidelines’. WHICH guidelines?

Facebook did not reply. But Peter very strongly suspects that it is because he is an anarchist and an anti-fascist. He mentions other anarchists banned by Facebook. Like CrimethInc and Its Going Down and many others.

Many Facebook bans of anti-fascist, otherwise leftist or simply artistic or scientific accounts preceded billionaire Facebook boss Zuckerberg‘s banning of Peter Storm now.

Facebook welcomes neo-nazis, and censors leftists and famous painters.

Facebook censors Thai critics of the absolute monarchy in their country.

Facebook censors the Dutch photography museum.

Facebook censors information on war crimes whistleblowers.

Facebook censors a leftist artist for being against Donald Trump.

Facebook censors posts against Trump’s attempted far-right coup in Venezuela.

Facebook has the extreme right censor the left.

Facebook censors the leftist United States Young Turks site.

The same United States neo-nazis who had murdered Heather Heyer in Charlottesville planned to march in Washington. Anti-fascists announced a counter-demonstration on Facebook. Facebook then banned the anti-fascists and opponents of Trump’s xenophobia for being supposedly (don’t laugh) ‘Russian propaganda‘.

Facebook censorship helped corporate Democrat politicians against leftist candidate Bernie Sanders in the primary elections in the USA.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

Whom does Facebook NOT censor? Denialists of Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust. The Nederlandse Volksunie, an Adolf Hitler worshipping violent neonazi criminal gang, has been welcome on Facebook for years and stil is today.