Inference: 'Thunder out of China' Details Fauci's Support for Gain-of-Function Research

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Anthony Fauci's been the director of the U.S. National Institute of allergy and infectious disease That's nigh aid since 1984 Over the last few decades he has expressed his support for gain of function research on numerous occasions In a 2011 op-ed for The Washington Post co author with Francis Collins the director of the NIH between 1993 and 2019 they made the case for viruses engineer quote engineered and isolated biocontainment laboratories As a means to identify quote genetic pathways by which such a virus could better adapt to transmission among people The benefits were not elaborated in detail the authors simply noting that quote important information and insights can come from generating a potentially dangerous virus in the laboratory The OPEC concludes with a brief consideration of the risk involved Now the following year Fauci published a paper in total research on the highly pathogenic H 5 NI influence of virus the way forward Again making the case for gain of function research In his commentary Fauci acknowledges the question of whether quote knowledge obtained from these experiments can inadvertently affect public health in an adverse way even in nations multiple time zones away He then invites the reader to consider a hypothetical scenario concerning an important gain of function experiment involving a virus with serious pandemic potential Performed in a well regulated world class lab by experienced investigators The information gleaned from the study is then used by another scientist who doesn't have the same training of facilities and is not subject to the same regulations Here's what he writes In an unlikely but conceivable turn of events what if that scientist becomes infected with the virus which leads to an outbreak and ultimately triggers a pandemic Many ass reasonable

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