Biological weapon/Research

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Interest of• Ralph Baric
• Peter Daszak
• EcoHealth Alliance
• Anthony Fauci
• Bill Gates
• Wuhan Institute of Virology

Research into bioweapons is ongoing.

"Gain-of-function" research

"Gain-of-function" research or "feature enhancement" is the modification of naturally occurring viruses in order to make them more deadly and/or more contagious, especially in humans. The Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) opened mainland China's first biosafety level 4 laboratory in 2015. They carried out "gain-of-function" research on coronaviruses and SARS-like viruses. Several US agencies have outsourced research to WIV since 2014. Documentation informing about SARS-COV-2 "feature enhancement" was suspiciously "destroyed" in November 2019 at WIV. [1]

Genetic extinction technology

Full article: Genetic Extinction Technology

In 2017 one group in Australia and another in Texas released preliminary research into creating 'daughterless mice', using gene drives in mammals. Modified viruses may be used to promote genetic extinction technology.

Temporary moratorium

Safety concerns lead to the banning of "Gain-of-function" research on coronaviruses in the US in 2014, but it "came roaring back under Trump and Fauci" in 2017.[citation needed] Marc Lipsitch commented that this sort of research had “done almost nothing to improve our preparedness for pandemics, yet... risked creating an accidental pandemic.”[2]

Legal status

It is illegal to research offensive bioweapons.

In practice, this restriction means nothing, since — apart from the veil of secrecy surrounding such activities, the research of new offensive weapons can be explained as a first step to development of research into how to defend against them.

US links to the Wuhan Institute of Virology

Full article: Wuhan Institute of Virology

In addition to the WIV, the US military, the US CDC and US universities have also done research on SARS-like bat coronaviruses, including gain-of-function research. In 2014, some of the US research was halted for safety concerns and moved to the WIV in China. Thus, some of the high-risk coronavirus research at the WIV was financed by US institutions, including, notably, the US NIAID led by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

In addition, a US NGO called “EcoHealth Alliance” worked with US institutions, the US military, and the Chinese WIV, collecting and investigating SARS-like bat coronaviruses to “prevent the next pandemic”. “Ecohealth Alliance” is led by Dr. Peter Daszak. In November 2019, before the novel coronavirus become publicly known, Peter Daszak openly stated that Ecohealth Alliance and the WIV were doing the type of research that could create viruses like SARS-CoV-2.

Although not widely known, the US military is the largest sponsor of EcoHealth Alliance. [3]

Cover-up

In October 2021, the NIH removed the definition of "gain-of-function" from their website.[4] They later claimed not to have any documentation regarding this change.[5]

Privatisation of this area, carried out since the 1980s[citation needed] decreased the transparency of operations.

 

Examples

Page nameDescription
CRISPR gene editingBreakthrough technology making gene editing easy and fast.
Genetic Extinction Technology
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
Operation CauldronOffshore test of biological weapons.

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Bioterror: Manufacturing Wars The American Wayforeword1 April 2003William H. Schaap
Ellen Ray
Document:Was there a Wuhan lab leak?blog post1 June 2021Jonathan CookNo meaningful lessons will be learnt about what really happened in Wuhan. Maintaining the illusion of truth will continue to take precedence over uncovering the truth. And for that reason we are doomed to keep making the same screw-ups. As the next pandemic will doubtless attest.


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