Whether you are a movie buff or not, the image of Boris Karloff in the 1931 horror movie dressed up as Frankenstein is probably burned into your memory. As a child, you might have seen that fictional image and recoiled in absolute horror and ducked your head into someone’s arms or into your pillow. As an adult, you might laugh the whole thing off. The thought of a scientist piecing together a monster that can terrorize society seems like a script only fit for the movies. In 1931, it was.
Fast-forward to 2020. What if this scenario isn’t so far-fetched? What if scientists are actually creating Frankenstein-type monsters in their laboratories with the potential to terrorize the world—monsters that are being wittingly or unwittingly unleashed on an unsuspecting public?
We no longer have to use our imaginations. It is happening before our eyes.
As the world continues to grapple with the covid-19 pandemic crisis, with over 14,000 deaths at the time of writing this, researchers have been trying to solve the question of its origins so they can understand how to stop such occurrences from happening again. They have delved beyond the headlines to study the virus’s unique infectious architecture. What they have found is alarming but not altogether surprising: covid-19 appears to be a designer virus, a new breed of Franken-gene unleashed on an unsuspecting public.
It appears to be a test-tube, made-in-lab pandemic.
No Animal-to-Human Transmission
The first evidence is its apparent lack of zoonotic transmission—when an infectious disease or virus jumps from an animal to a human—a process that usually takes months or years to develop and complete. The Chinese Wuhan wet market is where this jump is said to have occurred, completing the transmission from animals to human—from bat to pangolin to human.
The theory is plausible, even reasonable, until we learn a few things: Researchers have yet to discover a bat- or pangolin-based virus that shares 100 percent genetic material with covid-19 (coronavirus is a bat-based sars virus). And if the intermediate pangolins housed at the wet market are the source of the virus, then why aren’t people being infected in other areas or countries where the supposed pangolins were farmed or taken from?
Additionally, Foreign Policy reported on January 26 that the first three cases had no known contact with the Wuhan wet market. The Daily Mail Online reported on February 18 that the first patient (patient zero) had no connection to the market whatsoever. It further explained that 14 of the first 41 cases had no connection to the market, though the market did serve as a catalyst for later cases until it was closed on January 1.
A respected Chinese scientific report also suggested patient zero may have acquired the virus in mid-to-late November 2019. The Guardian said Chinese authorities knew about the virus as early as November 17. A February 17 Asia Times article even suggested that patient zero was a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology—a claim the institute rejects.
The same Chinese report concluded, “Genomic evidence did not support the Hua Nan market as the birthplace of sars-CoV-2.”
Patient zero with no connection to the Wuhan wet market? Patient zero possibly being a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology? The first three cases with no connection to the wet market? Fourteen of 41 cases with no connection to the wet market? Genomic evidence that doesn’t support the wet market as the birthplace of covid-19? A questionable zoonotic connection?
That is curious. What then is the answer to its origin?
Wuhan Institute of Virology
Perhaps the answer lies in China’s only biosafety level 4 (bsl-4) laboratory that studies, researches and conduct tests on the most virulent pathogenic diseases that can easily kill humans, like the Ebola virus and sars (severe acute respiratory syndrome).
By the way, this lab is only nine miles from Wuhan’s wet market, about a 30-minute drive. And it is housed in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the very institute the Asia Times said covid-19 patient zero came from. Isn’t that a wild coincidence? China wants you to think so.
Facilities like Wuhan’s bsl-4 are global holocausts waiting to happen. These facilities are meant to keep deadly pathogens under strict lock and key. Naturally, intensive quality training of staff is of paramount importance. Only a handful of labs worldwide meet the strict criteria to qualify as a biosafety level 4.
Some experts questioned China’s ability to maintain such a facility, especially after sars twice escaped from a Beijing lab. That failure to contain deadly pathogens was a humiliating setback for China. Yet authorities pressed ahead and awarded China one of these critical laboratories.
Some Western experts are also suggesting that the covid-19 virus escaped from the Wuhan virology laboratory—a fact they say Chinese authorities have fought to conceal by censuring doctors and suppressing research.
On January 2, Yanyi Wang, director of Wuhan Institute of Virology, published a memo forbidding anyone to release information about the Wuhan virus. On January 3, China’s National Health Commission ordered all testing to stop and all samples to be destroyed.
At this time, if not before, China should have called the international community for help. Instead it decided on secrecy, suppression and lies. What is there to hide if this was a naturally occurring zoonotic transmission? Why have the Chinese been so secretive, even trying to mislead the public and the world by blaming the United States for the pandemic?
According to Stephen Mosher of the Population Research Institute, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a meeting on February 14 where he explained that lab safety was a national safety issue and that biosafety measures needed to be put in place to minimize risks to the Chinese population.
The very next day, February 15, “Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology released a new directive entitled ‘Instructions on strengthening biosecurity management in microbiology labs that handle advanced viruses like the novel coronavirus,’” Mosher reported.
Did the covid-19 virus walk out of the lab in the form of an animal that researchers had tested on and later sold for cash on the black market? It’s happened before in China. Could it have walked out another way—perhaps in patient zero?
As a March 20, 2019, Vox article explained, when it comes to these types of labs, “scary accidents—caused by human error, software failures, maintenance problems and combinations of all of the above—are hardly a thing of the past.”
Marc Lipsitch, professor of epidemiology at Harvard, explained to Vox, “If an enhanced novel strain of flu escaped from a laboratory and then went on to cause a pandemic, then causing millions of deaths is a serious risk.”
So one little mistake can cause a global holocaust. That’s good to know—but who is paying attention?
Even if you have the best processes, mistakes are bound to happen. As an example, Vox reported that when moving to a new facility in 2014, Food and Drug Administration staff found a cardboard box of sample viruses dating back to the 1960s!
Multiple reports show breathtaking shortcomings across the global pathogen research and testing industry. Everybody has dirty laundry, except this dirty laundry has the potential to kill millions.
Should we really be surprised if a pandemic like covid-19 was started in a test tube? What is surprising is that it may have taken so long to happen.
Is the timing of Xi’s attention to biosafety concerns and risks and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology’s directive a coincidence? Mosher wrote: “It sure sounds as if China is conceding there may be a problem keeping dangerous pathogens in test tubes, doesn’t it?” Good question.
We know patient zero had no connection to the Wuhan wet market. The first three patients had no connection to the Wuhan wet market. Fourteen of the first 41 patients had no connection to the Wuhan wet market. This strongly suggests a zoonotic transmission did not occur, so another explanation is needed.
Could that explanation be a biosafety lab in Wuhan studying the deadliest pathogens known to man—including, as we shall see, the deadly sars pathogen? A biosafety lab that maybe wasn’t so safe, with two Chinese Wuhan Institute of Virology scientists that had completed previous research and modifications on the sars and coronavirus viruses?
Is it possible that covid-19 escaped from China’s first and only bsl-4 lab in Wuhan? Yes, it is possible.
Did it happen?
“The evidence, to me, points to sars-CoV-2 research being carried out at the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” Mosher concluded. “The virus may have been carried out of the lab by an infected worker or crossed over into humans who unknowingly consumed a lab animal.” Chinese lab animals have been sold for cash on the street instead of being cremated, meaning unsuspecting Chinese have eaten animals that have been, at best, exposed to a highly infectious environment and, at worse, infected with some disease.
“Whatever the vector,” Mosher wrote, “Beijing authorities are now clearly scrambling to correct serious problems with the way their labs handle deadly pathogens.”
Could Covid-19 be a novel breed of a deadly Franken-gene? Is it a test-tube pandemic, bio-engineered in the Wuhan BSL-4 Chinese laboratory? Along with the evidence we’ve already examined, researchers have found some interesting clues in the virus’s behavior and architecture that helps get us even closer to the answer, an answer that eventually takes us back to the University of North Carolina and to work that certain scientists perform in the shadows.
That scientists and researchers fiddle with deadly diseases is without question. As Vox explained, “Sometimes, researchers make pathogens even deadlier in the course of their research.” Are they fiddling with former flu viruses?
A report published in the American Society for Microbiology explains, “The 1977–1978 influenza epidemic was probably not a natural event, as the genetic sequence of the virus was nearly identical to the sequences of decades-old strains.”
That virus is known as H1N1, the technical name for the Spanish flu that caused 50 to 100 million deaths in 1918.
Whatever their purpose, scientists worked on a strain of the original virus and made a few changes here and there, and it was accidentally—one can only hope—reintroduced to the general population. The same report suggested it may have been a bio-weapon. It killed 750,000 people.
This is the world’s best and brightest hard at work.
Another variant of the flu is H5N1. It is an avian flu with a human mortality rate of 60 percent. To understand this flu variant, researchers went to work to decode its secrets. They then produced their own variant by passing the flu from mammal to mammal—ferrets to be exact—by adjusting the virus’s ability to attach to a ferret lung cell receptor. This altered the variant to make it airborne. In fear of it falling into the wrong hands, the U.S. government shut down the study and testing. As journalist Carl Zimmer explained, the Frankenstein test-tube H5N1 “could make the deadly 1918 pandemic look like a pesky cold.”
The zoonotic sequence for the development of a new strain of a virus begins with a non-human host that manages to pass on to another species. Sometimes this doesn’t occur and the virus “dead ends.” When a virus is able to sustain itself in multiple hosts, it becomes viable. Such a transformation, as stated previously, can take months or years to develop. It is a process of trial and error until sustained communal transmission can occur.
The working theory is that the covid-19 mutation between bats and another mammal and humans occurred within mere weeks at the Wuhan wet market and was instantaneously and highly contagious. This theory, if proved correct, will require the rewriting of scientific virology textbooks.
The wet market transmission theory is, well, a theory—and a theory with the motive to shift the public’s attention away from China’s bsl-4 laboratory.
The more plausible theory is that covid-19 is a scientific Franken-gene.
What follows is the closest thing to a smoking gun outside of the Chinese authorities’ admitting to problems stemming from its bsl-4 Wuhan Institute of Virology lab. In 2015, the University of North Carolina reported that it had manipulated the original sars virus protein gene to attach more readily and infect human cells through mice. The Scientist explained in November 2015 that “this virus—or other coronaviruses found in bat species—may be capable of making the leap to people without first evolving in an intermediate host.”
Simon Wain-Hobson, a virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, said, “If the [new] virus escaped, nobody could predict the trajectory.” Nature reported this novel change as having a “pandemic potential.”
This new test-tube coronavirus was a more intelligent, mutated, version of sars with a greater potential for infection due to certain design features in the “spokes” of the virus to bind to human cells. As Nature explained in November 2015, this new variant was “made up of a surface protein of SHC014 and the backbone of a sars virus that had been adapted to grow in mice and to mimic human disease. The chimaera infected human airway cells—proving that the surface protein of SHC014 has the necessary structure to bind to a key receptor on the cells and to infect them” (emphasis added).
What a coincidence that Covid-19 is also a SARS_Coronavirus, and the main feature is its victims suffocating to death.
Is SARS-CoV-2, engineered by researchers at the University of North Carolina, known as Covid-19 today? Maybe. Covid-19 patients are suffocating to death with pneumonia. The original sSARS virus also caused fatal pneumonia. The difference is that covid-19 is more contagious than SARS due to its ability to unlock human cells, an adaptation scientists believe strongly suggests that Covid-19 is a test-tube virus.
One of the prime researchers involved in the University of North Carolina “breakthrough” was Zheng-li Shi, who works at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. No doubt at the behest of the Chinese government, she recently published a February 3 scientific paper in Nature blaming Covid-19 on bats. For reasons explained above, this is an unbelievable claim. It demonstrates China’s desire to skew the debate around the virus’s origins and seed doubt in the scientific research community by blending lies with the truth.
Zheng-li’s colleague, Xing-Yi Ge, also works at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. In 2013, he isolated the sars virus in bats and adjusted it to make it more receptive to human transmission through a certain human cell receptor. How much like Covid-19 with a programmed ability to decode and enter human cells!
The upshot is that Chinese scientists were able to bioengineer sSARS to be much more contagious and virulent. Taken together, the evidence directly points away from animal-to-human transmission and directly toward Chinese scientists producing a novel Franken-gene that somehow escaped its bio-safety laboratory in Wuhan, China.
Covid-19 has all the hallmarks of being a test-tube pandemic.