Republicans Press Fauci Over ‘Apparent Discrepancy’ in Congressional Testimony on Wuhan Lab GrantEpoch Times, United States politics | The Epoch Times

Top Republicans on Wednesday asked Dr. Anthony Fauci to explain what they described as an “apparent discrepancy” between his recent testimony before Congress and comments made during a conference years ago. In 2012, Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, described the type of work later done at a laboratory in China as “gain-of-function” research, or enhancement of a virus’s transmissibility, adaptability, or pathogenicity. “What historically investigators have done is to actually create gain-of-function by making mutations, passage adaptation, or other newer genetic techniques such as reverse genetics and genetic reassortment,” Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said during a conference that examined gain-of-function risks and benefits. Fauci’s agency gave a grant to the EcoHealth Alliance in 2014 to study the risk of bat coronavirus emergence. Some of the funding was channeled through subgrants to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, …Read More

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