Friday, October 15, 2021

The Wuhan Lab and the Gain-of-Function Disagreement

 So, did the NIH’s grant to EcoHealth fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab? There are differing opinions on that. As noted above, whether research is “likely” or “reasonably anticipated” to enhance transmissibility can be subjective.

EcoHealth and the NIH and NIAID say no. “EcoHealth Alliance has not nor does it plan to engage in gain-of-function research,” EcoHealth spokesman Robert Kessler told us in an email. Nor did the grant get an exception from the pause, as some have speculated, he said. “No dispensation was needed as no gain-of-function research was being conducted.”

The NIAID told the Wall Street Journal: “The research by EcoHealth Alliance, Inc. that NIH funded was for a project that aimed to characterize at the molecular level the function of newly discovered bat spike proteins and naturally occurring pathogens. Molecular characterization examines functions of an organism at the molecular level, in this case a virus and a spike protein, without affecting the environment or development or physiological state of the organism. At no time did NIAID fund gain-of-function research to be conducted at WIV.”

And in a May 19 statement, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins said that “neither NIH nor NIAID have ever approved any grant that would have supported ‘gain-of-function’ research on coronaviruses that would have increased their transmissibility or lethality for humans.”


  1. Again, only a debate because Trump said it came from the lab. If he hadn't, they'd take this very seriusly.

  2. Trump is a modern day Emmanuel Goldstein. The left wing derangement thing was ever present, and foreseen by George Orwell.

  3. it is a literary device, that's all

  4. By following your blog!

  5. Billee "The Painter Villain" was known for decorating his bullets with elaborate illustrations.

    The video evidence shows Billee entering tye bank and shooting guards, tellers, customers, and a spider on the ceiling. Billee was caught and subsequently bragged to investigators about the carnage.

    Yet not one bullet that was recovered had a picture on it.

    "Reluctantly, because there was no enhancement found on any of the bullets or bullet fragments we recovered, we must release Billee from any responsibility for this crime."

  6. The Jewish version is the man who shoots someone with a gun, and tells the police " it wasn't me, it was my hand"

  7. "That naughty rambunctious virus. We gave it the finest 5-star laboratory accomodations, and it stabbed us in the back and escaped. We're the victim not the perpetrator. We were innocently researching how to save mankind from a devastasting history changing deadly pandemic! It's not like we're bats thast fly all over the place -- we wear white lab coats so we must be the good guys."


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