House Republicans want the NIH and government scientists to justify research that aims at making the monkeypox virus 1,000 times more lethal than it already is and provide documentation proving the experiment is subject to proper oversight.
Those asking questions include Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is the Republican leader on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Rep. Brett Guthrie, who leads the Subcommittee on Health; and Rep. Morgan Griffith, who leads the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Conservatives want the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to produce a risk-benefit analysis to justify taxpayer money being spent on research that poses “potentially serious risks.”
Despite alarm over potential COVID gain of function research, no one at NIH seems to have learned anything from it. They are continuing risky research that could wipe out humanity with one “oops” incident. This research is being conducted at a lab in Bethesda, Maryland.
House letter, 10/31/22:
"We write regarding concerns related to..a project..on monkeypox virus..at..NIH..The project involves transferring genes from..a version of monkeypox virus..1000x times more lethal..into..version currently circulating in humans."https://t.co/Z8a53dZTR8 pic.twitter.com/Lppt2QcRxx
— Richard H. Ebright (@R_H_Ebright) November 1, 2022
The current strain primarily causes a rash and flu-like symptoms. But these Frankenstein wannabes want to splice that strain with genes from another more virulent one that creates a much more lethal strain. What they are playing with could potentially create a virus up to 1,000 times more deadly than its original form.
The brain trust in Maryland contends that what they are doing does not enhance the pathogen because they are swapping natural mutations rather than creating new ones. They are playing scientific word games that could have lethal consequences.
The three House Republicans published a letter Tuesday demanding that researchers prove there is a practical application for their findings that would make the risks worth it.
In that letter, there were twelve questions that researchers were asked to answer:
“It appears that the project is reasonably anticipated to yield a lab-generated monkeypox virus that is 1,000 times more lethal in mice than the monkeypox virus currently circulating in humans and that transmits as efficiently as the monkeypox virus currently circulating in humans,” the letter contends. “The risk-benefit ratio indicates potentially serious risks without clear civilian practical applications.”
“I have always supported scientific research, but that research must be conducted responsibly, especially if taxpayer dollars are involved. The American people should not be called on to empty their wallets in support of research that will endanger them,” Griffith commented.
The Republicans assert that the research could allow the pathogen to spread and possibly kill an untold number of humans.
OFFS what is wrong with these people?
— HurdyGurdy2021 (@HurdyGurdy2021) November 1, 2022
Dr. Bernard Moss, who is an NIAID virologist, is reportedly leading the deadly research.
The Maryland experiment had no oversight when it was approved in 2018 ostensibly because monkeypox did not meet the threshold for a “potential pandemic pathogen.” There are now more than 26,000 cases of monkeypox in the United States.
“A laboratory-generated monkeypox virus… more lethal than, and as transmissible as, the monkeypox virus currently circulating in humans potentially/likely would defeat protection by vaccines and likely would spread beyond current at-risk populations to the general population,” Dr. Ebright told the Daily Mail.
Sounds like a bio weapon – WTF are they thinking?
— Trish Orwen (@trishorwen) November 2, 2022
“The risk-benefit ratio is essentially infinite, comprising potentially existential risks,” he added.
The monkeypox debate follows the revelation that a team from Boston University has developed a hybrid COVID virus that combines the Omicron and original Wuhan strains and reportedly has an 80 percent lethality rate in mice.
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