For the last year or so, virologist and infectious diseases expert Dr. Steven Quay has been at the forefront of questioning the narrative of COVID-19’s origin, conducting studies, and analyzing the genetic properties that make up the viral strain that has sent the world into panic for the last 18 months. In Sunday’s Wall Street Journal Quay and UC Berkeley physics professor Richard Muller make an extremely strong, scientifically-based case that SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the COVID-19 infection, is a lab-created viral strain.
For weeks here at RedState we have been talking about the genetic manipulation of viral pathogens to make them more transmissible, more pathogenic, and able to jump species, which is commonly known as gain-of-function research (GoF). We’ve also written about how this research may have been responsible for the creation of SARS-CoV-2. Quay and Muller agree. Their article, “The Science Suggests a Wuhan Lab Leak” succinctly lays out the scientific evidence tending to show that gain-of-function research was used to create SARS-CoV-2.
The authors begin by explaining how GoF can be used to make a coronavirus “enormously” more deadly:
“In gain-of-function research a microbiologist can increase the lethality of a coronavirus enormously by splicing a special sequence into its genome at a prime location. Doing this leaves no trace of manipulation. But it alters the virus spike protein, rendering it easier for the virus to inject genetic material into the victim cell. Since 1992 there have been at least 11 separate experiments adding a special sequence to the same location.”
As numerous RedState articles have documented, the Wuhan Institute of Virology is one location at which those experiments took place. Additionally, the WIV was conducting experiments – funded by the NIH and in conjunction with EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak – from 2015 until at least 2019 on a bat coronavirus collected from a cave in Yunnan Province in 2013 (RaTG13) after it sickened six miners, killing three. (It should also be noted that this was during a time in which there was a moratorium on GoF research.) That virus shares 96.4% of its genomic code and
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