By: Konrad Holden
On Wednesday, a top official in the National Institute of Health (NIH), run by Dr. Anthony Fauci, admitted that the NIH funded gain-of-function research, even after weeks of Fauci testifying before Congress that this was false. In the letter, the official laid blame on the New York-based non-profit EcoHealth Alliance for not alerting them to new developments in the research that could be considered gain-of-function. The letter shifts blame from the NIH onto EcoHealth Alliance and implies that this development was accidental.
Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci have been at each other’s throats for weeks.
In Senate testimony, Paul has often gotten the best of Fauci as the two debate whether or not the NIH funded “gain-of-function” research. Gain-of-function research is defined as research that modifies an organism to enhance its biological functions. This could result in increasing the transmissibility or deadliness of a pathogen.
Fauci has always denied that the NIH funded any type of gain-of-function research, especially in Wuhan.
But it turns out that isn’t the case.
NIH’s principal deputy director, Lawrence A. Tabak, told Rep. James Comer of Kentucky that EcoHealth Alliance’s experiment was testing whether “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model.”
As it turns out, the mice who received a modified virus in this experiment became sicker than those that received the unmodified virus.
This is clearly considered “gain-of-function” by the NIH because Tabak blamed EcoHealth Alliance for not alerting the NIH to this development. Tabak called it an “unexpected result of the research” and said, “EcoHealth failed to report this finding right away, as was required by the terms of the grant” so they could “determine whether the research aims should be reevaluated or new biosafety measures should be enacted.”
Tabak says that the coronaviruses mentioned in this specific experiment “are not and could not have become SARS-CoV-2.”
“‘I told you so’ doesn’t even begin to cover it here.” - Sen. Rand Paul on Twitter