(FreedomBeacon.com)- According to a 2017 report in Science News, after surveying bats for five years, the Wuhan Institute of Virology had discovered eleven new strains of SARS-related viruses. Within these strains, WIV researchers had found “all the genes” necessary to make a SARS coronavirus “similar to the epidemic strains.”
This research, headed up by the infamous “Bat Lady” Dr. Shi Zhengli, analyzed the newly discovered viruses’ genetic makeup, retracing the “steps that might have given rise to the original SARS virus.”
They found that parts of the DNA appeared to be “particularly prone to rearrangement.” Additionally several of the strains could “already grow in human cells,” which researchers believed indicated that these viruses that exist in bats could jump to humans.
Also quoted in the Science News article is Ralph Baric from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Baric notes that the discovery means these bat viruses “are poised to cause future outbreaks,” adding “We can’t let our guard down.”
Apparently we let our guard down.
In related news, on Monday June 21, the medical journal The Lancet, which published the March 2020 letter from 27 scientists decrying the “lab leak” of COVID as a xenophobic conspiracy theory, issued an update acknowledging that Peter Daszak, the scientist who organized the publication of the letter, failed to disclose his clear conflict of interest as is required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
“In this letter,” the Lancet update states, “the authors declared no competing interests. Some readers have questioned the validity of this disclosure, particularly as it relates to one of the authors, Peter Daszak.”
The Lancet also invited all 27 scientists who signed onto the letter to reevaluate their competing interests. After it did so, Daszak submitted an updated disclosure statement that acknowledged his remuneration is paid solely in the form of a salary from EcoHealth Alliance.
EcoHealth Alliance has deep ties to the Wuhan Institute of Virology and its research on coronaviruses, including providing funding to support the Chinese Institute’s gain-of-function research.
Daszak has since been removed from the Lancet’s COVID-19 commission.