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Wuhan Institute of Virology Publishes New “Gain of Function” Study Featuring Avian Flu Virus

Wuhan Institute of Virology Publishes New “Gain of Function” Study Featuring Avian Flu Virus

Chinese researchers created an H7N9 virus that killed 35% of the mice tested. It is interesting to note that H5N1 bird flu is now raging…killing nearly 100% of infected birds. And it appears that the virus has also been studied at the infamous institute.

After spending two years dealing with a coronavirus pandemic, it is disturbing to have to share reports of several incidents related to avian flu viruses.

Perhaps the most chilling involves the H7N9 virus, also known as the Asian lineage avian influenza A. The first reported human infection of this strain was in China in 2013. The reports drew the concern of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Risk Assessment program.

Before 2013, this strain hadn’t been seen in any other population except birds, according to the World Health Organization (WHO)Trusted Source.

In the five years after the disease was found in humans, health officials have battled multiple outbreaks.

However, one good piece of news is that the virus doesn’t infect humans very easily. Most bird flu infections are transmitted between birds and only spread to humans who have close contact with the animals.

“Most of the human infections (found in China and Asian countries) occurred in people who had close contact with poultry, either raising them or seeking them in an open market environment,” said Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary specialist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

…However, scientists at the CDCTrusted Source using the Influenza Risk Assessment Tool have identified the Asian lineage H7N9 virus as “having the greatest potential to cause a pandemic as well as potentially posing the greatest risk to severely impact public health if it were to achieve sustained human to human transmission.”

Although there’s potential for a pandemic, in its current form it’s unlikely. Horovitz believed “human-to-human transmission of this virus hasn’t been demonstrated, so the potential for a pandemic isn’t high.”

The likelihood of the virus remaining hard to transmit to humans might remain low unless the scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology decided to add a few “gain of function” enhancements to H7N9.

Which, it appears, they have. The team there has just published a paper (hat-tip National Pulse): Combined insertion of basic and non-basic amino acids at the hemagglutinin cleavage site of highly pathogenic H7N9 virus promotes replication and pathogenicity in chickens and mice.

The paper was published in Virologica Sinica, the journal put out by the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Its editor-in-chief is Zheng-Li Shi. That name should be familiar to those of you who have been following the covid story, as she is the infamous “Bad Lady” of Wuhan.

2015 – 2017: Shi Zheng-li (“Bat Lady” researcher leading the studies of bat viruses), Peter Daszak (head of the NIH grant-getting the New York-based EcoHealth Alliance), and a team of scientists isolate novel coronaviruses, conduct gain-on-function research, and test novel and genetically manipulated coronaviruses against mice and other animals expressing human immune systems.

A line from the abstract is most chilling:

…the I335V substitution of H7N9 virus enhanced infectivity and transmission in chickens, suggesting that the combination of mutations and insertions of amino acids at the HACS promoted replication and pathogenicity in chickens and mice. The ongoing evolution of H7N9 increasingly threatens public health and poultry industry, so, its comprehensive surveillance and prevention of H7N9 viruses should be pursued.

So, the same institute that likely created the SARS-Cov-2 Virus by modifying bat viruses has now modified the Asian lineage avian influenza A virus to be more readily transmissible and substantially more lethal. The report indicated the altered pathogen killed 35% of the mice population studied.

And while the researchers claim all of this experimenting is in the name of “pandemic prevention,” the same claims were made about SARC-COV-2. I am not mollified or consoled.

Meanwhile, another avian influenza is decimating poultry populations around the world…at a time when food scarcity is becoming a significant issue.

The virus, known as the Eurasian H5N1 avian influenza, began tearing through Europe, Asia, and Africa in late 2021 and is still raging, with Europe experiencing its worst bird flu outbreak on record. It was first detected in the US in January and has since spread to at least 32 states, resulting in the death of more than 36 million chickens and turkeys and triggering a spike in egg prices.

While the virus has a near 100 percent mortality rate among infected poultry — and can spread rapidly among birds, especially in packed industrial farming conditions — it’s currently believed to pose little threat to human beings. It only rarely spills over to people, and only to those who come into close contact with infected birds. Even when there are human infections, “the viruses are unable to efficiently transmit between humans,” notes Michelle Wille, a virus ecologist at the University of Sydney.

Question: Has the Wuhan Institute of Virology ever studied H5N1? Answer: Yes.

The highest level biosafety installation is necessary because the Institute investigated highly dangerous viruses, such as SARS, influenza H5N1, Japanese encephalitis, and dengue, along with germ causing anthrax.

I cannot say what the Chinese researcher was doing with it. But I sure would like to find out.

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Between the Wuhan lab and labs in Ukraine, 90% of all the dirty rotten nasty sh*t in the world is being groomed like little children in Florida schools.

    n.n in reply to Peabody. | May 23, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Illicit. Exquisite. While there may be a credible cause for the research, there is no evidence that the protocol in Kiev is any better than in Wuhan, which should be cause… a common cause for concern by his neighbors.

    AnAdultInDiapers in reply to Peabody. | May 23, 2022 at 12:32 pm

    Oh, nice work there, conflating gain of function research in China with entirely unrelated medical research in Ukraine.

    Any other unwarranted smears you’d like to throw around?

      MattMusson in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 12:34 pm

      Breaking News claims they were also working on Monkey Pox.

      henrybowman in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 1:54 pm

      What, you think there’s no possible connection?
      “Baseless?”
      “Conspiracy theory?”
      Go ahead, trot ’em all out. May as well add “racist” to the mix for seasoning.
      We don’t care. We’ve all done this dance before. And it always ends with us winning.

        AnAdultInDiapers in reply to henrybowman. | May 23, 2022 at 5:00 pm

        You think there is a connection?

        I don’t. I’ve seen no evidence of any connection between Wuhan and Ukraine. I’ve seen no evidence that gain of function research was being done in Ukraine. I’ve seen no evidence that anything malign was being done in Ukraine.

        I just see people making spurious connections and never providing any evidence.

          CommoChief in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 5:53 pm

          Nothing malign? Other than of course the fact that the initial US funding for these labs was sold as an endeavour designed to:
          1. Secure and maintain control of dangerous biological materials
          2. Provide jobs for former Soviet scientists so that they didn’t go rouge right off the bat and transition them into civilian applications
          3. Orderly accountability and safe destruction of dangerous biological materials
          4. Orderly and safe shutdown of the labs

          When we look up in 2022 and a deputy Sec State is briefing that ‘hey those biolabs in Ukraine we were supposed to shut down 25+ years ago…about that… see what happened was….we never got around to destroying the stocks of Soviet nasty stuff and the Russians invaded…. and some of these Fully Operational facilities might fall into Russian hands so..just you know…fyi….’

          Not shady at all. /s

          Valerie in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 6:14 pm

          There is none so blind as he who will not see.

          I’m so old, I remember when the very existence of those Ukraine labs was denied.

          https://twitter.com/themarketswork/status/1501304723973947394

          China thinks there is a connection.

          https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/biden-official-victoria-nuland-admits-biological-research-labs-ukraine-following-china-russia-accusations-video/

          Camperfixer in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 6:58 pm

          There is one connection: The ever present Dr. Mengele Fauci…and that’s enough for me. This cretin should be drawn and quartered then have his entrails yanked out and burned.

          The other connection is The Hologram in the Oval Office, who needs to get his debts to foreign powers paid, which in anyone’s book – including The Founders – is treason.

          henrybowman in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 24, 2022 at 3:29 pm

          Et voila.
          Looks like there are a lot of people besides me who know what the connection is.
          Now ask yourself why you don’t.

      Peabody in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 2:25 pm

      If you think gain of function is the only thing they do at Wuhan you need a bigger diaper to hold all your bullshit.

        AnAdultInDiapers in reply to Peabody. | May 23, 2022 at 5:04 pm

        Thank you for that generous interest in my absorbent protection. It’s such a shame the interest doesn’t extend to demonstrating the connection between Chinese and Ukrainian biolabs to which you so curiously alluded.

      Peabody in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 5:58 pm

      Any other unwarranted smears you’d like to throw around?

      Smears? You need to convert your euros to dollars and buy some real diapers that don’t smear every time you post.

      InEssence in reply to AnAdultInDiapers. | May 23, 2022 at 10:42 pm

      There is a connection. The NIH does gain of function (GOF) in the Ukraine, because the NIH sees it as a way to skirt the law. Indeed, the specific GOF in the Ukraine is the avian flu. Russia destroyed a couple of these laboratories, so perhaps the pandemic of avian flu was moved back.

Why ar ewe letting , helping amd abaiting China to kill us all?
I would say population control but there is no cure for some of these deadly strains amd so the peope funding this shit , is, will likely get murdered as the rest of us?

This insanity has to stop

And the poor animals, Jesus, the poor animals

    n.n in reply to gonzotx. | May 23, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    Yeah, the poor animals. What a PETA.

      gonzotx in reply to n.n. | May 23, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      I believe in ethical treatment of animals , so sad it’s a joke to you

        CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | May 23, 2022 at 6:19 pm

        On this we agree. Far too many unnecessary and cruel experiments conducted on animal subjects that don’t seem to be designed to answer legitimate questions; just expend grant money on sadistic cruelty to no good purpose.

Sorry phone aut has a mind of its own

A highly interconnected world with easy and relatively cheap travel, historically speaking, has many advantages. The downside risks are becoming more easily recognizable. Hopefully we will shift our policies and national security posture to match the threat and initiate measures to mitigate those risks. As it stands we rely upon the hope that no bad actor will upset the global apple cart.

    alaskabob in reply to CommoChief. | May 23, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    I wouldn’t worry… soon we will be back to the age of sail (original “green” energy) and every boat will be a slow boat to China.

    MattMusson in reply to CommoChief. | May 23, 2022 at 12:37 pm

    The Global Order is disintegrating. The bad news is the 3rd world need Fertilizer and Insecticide to feed itself. By 4th Quarter 2022 we will see the Famine taking hold. This will be followed by chronic starvation for every 4th person on the planet.

    gonzotx in reply to CommoChief. | May 23, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Hope is not a winning strategy

      CommoChief in reply to gonzotx. | May 23, 2022 at 5:04 pm

      Very true, hope is a lousy plan. Unfortunately that’s where we find ourselves as a consequence of our collective complacency. Do you have any specific recommendations you care to share to make improvements?

    Valerie in reply to CommoChief. | May 23, 2022 at 6:08 pm

    I agree, and I am well aware of the very public, well-funded effort to deal with the downside risks that have been recognized by our government and our scientists for at least the last 30 years. In fact, there are a collection of lists of nasty, potential pandemic diseases that have been compiled and subjected to enormous research efforts.

    The upsetting surprise has been the easy success that a particular large Pharma corporation has had in hijacking our entire economy for its own benefit, and how well corrupt and ignorant politicians have co-operated.

      CommoChief in reply to Valerie. | May 23, 2022 at 6:23 pm

      And yet despite several occasions where international travelers have brought back nasties from abroad we don’t screen effectively nor have any system of quarantine at our powers of entry; sea, air or land.

      Same with shipping containers. How many invasive species have made it into the US via those containers or foreign flagged vessels with little to no oversight or accountability?

JackinSilverSpring | May 23, 2022 at 11:57 am

Why can’t we do something to shut down this monster producing lab. Either through malice or inadvertance it is unleashing horrors on the world. And if we cannot shut down the lab we should be working to isolate China completely from the rest of the world. Of course Brandon is too feeble and incompetent to do that, so we will have to endure this lab’s existence until he and his party are out of office.

Did US taxpayers pay for this research? If so, it needs to be published, including every scrap of paper, from the initial contracts through the lab notebooks to the papers.

Now.

Will Brandon be branded a racist when he closes off all travel to/from China when the new contagion they lose control of kills 70% of the Chinese population? T4

    The Sino Spring in the model of Slavic Spring in the model of American Spring in Obama’s catastrophic world Spring series.

The Chinese are insane. Of course they believe that only 7 or so people died of covid…but shut down huge urban centers anyway….hmmmmm

henrybowman | May 23, 2022 at 1:58 pm

Sure, avian flu isn’t much threat except to people handling birds regularly.
Like chickens.
“Food shortage” (democrat-speak for famine) is coming, didj’all forget?
What do the cautious do to avoid famines?
Garden, and raise easy meat.
Hey, can’t plan a famine without also taking out the most effective deplorables who might beat it.

healthguyfsu | May 23, 2022 at 2:24 pm

This should make everyone nervous….avian flu is NOT COVID 19. It has a very high mortality rate and has only been slowed by transmission limitations to humans.

The idea that this incompetent institution is handling gain of function research on a virus this deadly should keep everyone up at night.

“”resulting in the death of more than 36 million chickens and turkeys””

The flu killed a few thousand. The government killed the rest.

Camperfixer | May 23, 2022 at 7:02 pm

More geniuses at work messing with Pandora’s box, creating bio-weapons under the guise of “research”. Shot at dawn is too good for them, yet God will have the final Judgement on their evil-doing.

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