The nation’s chief medical advisor Dr. Fauci wrote in the American Society for Microbiology in October 2012 of the public health benefit to gain-of-function viral experiments, which center on manipulating viruses and making them stronger, as long as there is a significant oversight.
In the article, first reported by The Australian, Fauci also noted that a pause on such studies should continue until researchers can figure out how to do them more transparently. Gain-of-function experiments are the sort of work that was being conducted at the Wuhan Institute of Virology when the COVID-19 pandemic first started in China in late 2019 and some experts fear a lab accident is what led to the global outbreak that killed 3.4 million.
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