In this answer on bioinformatics.stackexchange.com to the question inquiring about the validity of the paper Kristian G. Andersen et al, The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2, the author asserts the following two points, which I do not understand.
Serial passage of a virus through either animals will always attenuate the virulence, say the affinity to the ACE2 receptor, of the virus. My question: Could people artificially select for thus increase the virulence of the virus?
We can always tell whether a virus is artificially serially passed because we know the mutational patterns of other serially passed viruses. My question: How does this distinguish artificial from natural passage?