Lethal Mousepox Research – Innocent Science or Next Horrifying Virus?

Lethal Mousepox Research - Innocent Science or Next Horrifying Virus?

(ConservativeHub.com) – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has been scrapping with Dr. Anthony Fauci over the funding of gain-of-function research by the National Institutes of Health, which falls under the epidemiologist’s purview. As it turns out, the senator’s concerns could be well-founded in light of a recent report regarding potentially lethal mousepox research.

Gain-of-function research involves the genetic manipulation of micro-organisms and diseases to increase their potency to aid scientific study. However, this process can also enhance the transmissibility of potentially deadly diseases and pave the way for COVID-19 and other viruses to make the leap from animal hosts to humans.

A recent report by Natural News shed light on government-funded research of a smallpox variant engineered to infect mice. The US government started funding the study in 2003. That research piggybacked on parallel studies financed by Australian researchers.

The Australian scientists claim they modified the mousepox strain as part of a pest control effort. However, they ended up creating a highly lethal form of the virus, called “modified mousepox.” While their scientific studies may be benign, what guarantee does the world have they can contain the new virus in a laboratory? After all, there’s speculation COVID-19 originated in a Chinese laboratory, spread to animal hosts, and eventually created a global pandemic wiping out millions of humans.

What about you? Do you think scientists should be allowed to continue practicing this type of research on lethal viruses?

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