Gulf News writes:
In the virology community, their project is known as "chimeric coronavirus", eerily similar to COVID-19. This chimera is created in a petridish, reportedly with the "surface spike protein (S protein) of a coronavirus found in horseshoe bats, called SHC014, and the backbone of a SARS virus that could be grown in mice".
Here's the scary bit: In the lab (we don't know which one), this new coronavirus was found so potent it could infect and replicate in human airway cells naturally. It also infected mice lung cells. It's one of the experiments which prompted Prof Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, to warn that such research is "misleading" and "irrational", stating thus: “The consequence of any accident would be anywhere from a handful of infections to a catastrophic pandemic.”
Is this SHC014 chimeric coronavirus "eerily similar to COVID-19" in a scientific (not just journalistic) sense? Have any scientific publications drawn a parallel between the two viruses?
(I know that SARS-CoV-2 is most closely similar to RaTG13 at whole genome level and at RBD level [most likely] to Pangolin-CoV. I'm asking what if any scientific relevance does SHC014 have to Covid-19.)