On October 17th, it was reported by The Daily Mail that Boston University had tinkered with things and researchers had created a new Covid strain, a hybrid virus that combined Omicron and the original Wuhan strain and that it killed 80% of the mice in their study.
It looks like gain of function research, which has been largely restricted in our country since 2017, is alive and well. A chemist at Rutgers University, Dr. Richard Ebright, says, “The research is a clear example of gain of function research.”
This kind of research is what is thought to have caused the Covid pandemic in China to begin with.
What wasn’t in the headline of The Daily Mail story is that the mice that were exposed to the original strain of the virus all died. 100%.
Writer and reporter Alex Berenson was one of the first to point this out. He wrote, “Can we please not freak out about the chimeric Omicron experiment.”
Berenson continued, “In the last 48 hours, people have been screaming about the news that Boston University researchers stuck the Omicron spike into the original Sars-Cov-2 virus and produced a virus with an 80% mortality rate” and that “we are all going to die…”
After reading the paper, Barenson reported that they said the Omicron/wild-type Sars- Covid-2 combination the researchers created is “more lethal than Omicron” however it’s also LESS lethal than the original wild type.
He also pointed out that the study was on mice and not humans.
He wrote that the researchers didn’t “provide any evidence that the blended Omicron/ wild-type coronavirus is able to defeat antibodies in people who have been infected with and recovered from Omicron. Which is basically all of us. (They did show that both the original Omicron and their variant beats the mRNA vaccines, but that fact is not a surprise either.)”
Barenson concluded, “if the last two years have taught us anything, it’s that the biggest risk from Sars-Cov-2 is hysteria, not the virus itself. Try not to fall into the trap.”