(ThePatriotWire)- Gain-of-function research, a controversial approach to investigating pathogens to improve their lethality, was presented in a scholarly article published by top Wuhan Institute of Virology experts.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology is suspected of conducting dangerous research, as evidenced by now-deleted webpages that show the lab manipulating bat coronaviruses to “replicate efficiently in primary human airway cells and achieve in vitro titers equivalent to epidemic strains of SARS-CoV.”
Similar research with the H7N9 virus in chickens and mice appears in the newest edition of the lab’s publication, Virologica Sinica.
Shi Zhengli, Wuhan’s famed “bat woman” and the lab’s leading bat coronavirus researcher, is the publication’s Editor-in-Chief and a beneficiary of grants from Anthony Fauci through Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance.
In the February 2022 edition, Virologica Sinica published the paper “Combined Insertion of Basic and Non-basic Amino Acids at Hemagglutinin Cleavage Site of Highly Pathogenic H7N9 Virus Promotes Replication and Pathogenicity in Chickens and Mice.”
The paper’s abstract describes how researchers “produced six H7N9 viruses” and examined how different amino acids affected the virus’s virulence and infectivity.
The researchers looked at viral replication in avian and mammalian cells, thermostability and acid stability, cleavage efficiency, virulence in mice, and pathogenicity and transmissibility in chickens.
Researchers noted that the I335V substitution of the H7N9 virus increased infectivity and transmission in chickens, suggesting that a combination of mutations and amino acid insertions at the HACS facilitated replication and pathogenicity in chickens and mice.
H7N9 strains are “also highly transmissible in ferrets, suggesting the concern of pandemic potential in humans,” according to the study, which conducted studies on mice and chicken.
The paper added that notably, they observed that the insertion of non-basic amino acids TA and IA in H7N9 viruses caused death in mice despite having the same viral titer.
The article reveals more revelations concerning Fauci’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) agency funding “gain of function” research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.