By Cathy He
A forensic evaluation exhibits that the Wuhan Insitute of Virology (WIV) was genetically manipulating the Nipah virus, a extremely deadly pathogen, in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention, in accordance with an professional who testified at a Senate subcommittee listening to on Aug. 3.
The discovering was one other piece of proof displaying that the controversial Wuhan lab was conducting gain-of-function analysis—experiments that in the end resulted within the COVID-19 pandemic through a leak from the ability, in accordance with Dr. Steven Quay, CEO of Atossa Therapeutics. Gain-of-function analysis includes enhancing the efficiency or transmissibility of a virus.
Quay stated he and different scientists performed an examination of COVID-19 affected person specimens from December 2019 sequenced and printed by the WIV. Through that evaluation, printed in a preprint paper that hasn’t been peer-reviewed, they discovered 20 sudden contaminants that they consider are proof of different analysis performed on the lab.
“For 19 of the 20 unexpected contaminants, we then found published research from the previous two years, confirming that the lab had indeed been working on these unexpected genes,” he stated in written testimony (pdf) earlier than a listening to on gain-of-function analysis held by the Senate subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Spending Oversight. The listening to was solely attended by the subcommittee’s Republican members.
But the one contaminant not accounted for in papers printed by WIV was cloning vectors of the Nipah virus, in accordance with Quay.
“This is the most dangerous research I have ever encountered,” he stated within the written testimony.
The Nipah virus has a lethality of greater than 60 p.c, greater than that of Ebola, though it’s much less transmissible than the latter virus because it isn’t airborne, the professional stated on the listening to. The Nipah virus can be about 60 occasions deadlier than COVID-19.
“A laboratory-acquired infection with a modified Nipah virus would make the COVID-19 pandemic look like a walk in the park,” he stated.
This type of artificial biology is a breach of worldwide regulation, in accordance with the professional.
“It’s actually against the biological weapons treaty to take the Nipah virus apart and then put it back together again,” Quay advised The Epoch Times in an interview earlier than the listening to.
In the listening to, Quay listed a collection of proof that he stated pointed to COVID-19 originating from a lab leak from WIV.
Among these is the truth that the WIV’s public database of twenty-two,000 samples and viral sequences was taken offline on Sept. 12, 2019, earlier than the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the ability said that this was due to cyber hacks, Quay referred to as this act “suspicious,” and he believes that the database was taken offline to take away proof of shut precursors to COVID-19, which might have been a “smoking gun” displaying that the virus leaked from the lab.
He additionally highlighted that the WIV was the world’s main heart for the examine of coronaviruses, noting that earlier than 2019, the ability was chargeable for 65 p.c of all printed analysis within the space.
“For almost a decade, they were going into bat caves throughout China and … back into Africa as well, 20 visits a year in bringing these samples back to the laboratory,” Quay stated on the listening to. “They had the most important assortment of uncooked materials backbones from nature to then do achieve operate analysis on.
“I believe it’s the confluence of those two activities … bringing things back from bat caves and gain-of-function research that led to the pandemic.”
The WIV has repeatedly denied that it was the supply of the pandemic, however the Chinese regime has persistently refused to open the lab and its data to exterior authorities, making an unbiased investigation of the speculation practically unattainable.
A 2021 U.S. State Department reality sheet said that WIV researchers had begun conducting experiments involving RaTG13, recognized to have the closest genetic similarity to the COVID-19 virus, from as early as 2016.
Besides partaking in “’gain of function’ research to engineer chimeric viruses,” the WIV has engaged in laboratory animal experiments on behalf of the Chinese navy since a minimum of 2017, in accordance with the very fact sheet.
Eva Fu contributed to this report.