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NIH Funded Gain-of-Function Research in China, According To Documents Released by Experts

Newly disclosed documents prove that The U.S. National Institutes of Health really did fund the research in China, which created a more potent form of a bat coronavirus.

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An experiment conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, very close to the place where the first cases of COVID 19 were reported, compared mice that were infected with the original coronavirus from a bat, to mice infected with a modified strain which was created by researchers.

“The mice infected with the modified version “became sicker than those infected” with the original version,” Lawrence Tabak, the principal deputy director at the NIH stated on October 20.

“The “limited experiment” was aimed at seeing if “spike proteins from naturally occurring bat coronaviruses circulating in China were capable of binding to the human ACE2 receptor in a mouse model,” Tabak explained, adding that the “unexpected result” was not “something that the researchers set out to do.”

“The genetic manipulation of both MERS and the SARS conducted in Wuhan clearly constituted gain-of-function experiments,” Jonathan Latham, executive director of The Bioscience Research Project, told The Epoch Times in an email. “Further, it is absurd of NIH to describe the enhanced viral pathogenicity that was observed in the experiments they funded as ‘unexpected’ when clearly these experiments were expressly designed to detect increased pathogenicity.”

According to the report published by Epoch Times,

“The newly released documents primarily consist of the fifth and final progress report for the series of grants. The report was submitted on Aug. 3, over two years after the research concluded.

EcoHealth’s final report also contained a description of experimenting on clones of MERS-CoV, a virus that caused an outbreak in the Middle East in 2012 and has a mortality rate of approximately 35 percent, according to the World Health Organization.”

“Both Dr. Francis Collins, the outgoing director of the NIH, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), have denied the agency has funded gain-of-function research in China.

“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.”

The research in question was funded through millions of dollars of grants from the NIH to EcoHealth Alliance, which then funneled money to the lab in Wuhan.

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