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The man behind the global Coronavirus epidemic?

David Craig writes:

The evidence is mounting up that the current Coronavirus epidemic started in a Wuhan Institite of Virology where a certain Dr Peng Zhou had been conducting research into how bats can carry viruses like the Coronavirus without getting sick.

This is a job posting for the lab of Dr. Peng Zhou (周鹏), Ph.D., a researcher at the Wuhan Institute of Virology and Leader of the Bat Virus Infection and Immunization Group:

He received his PhD in Wuhan Virus Research Institute in 2010 and has worked on bat virus and immunology in Australia and Singapore. In 2009 , he took the lead in starting the research on the immune mechanism of bat long-term carrying and transmitting virus in the world. So far, he has published more than 30 SCI articles, including the first and corresponding author’s Nature , Cell Host Microbe and PNAS . At present, research on bat virus and immunology is continuing, and it has received support from the National “You Qing” Fund, the pilot project of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the major project of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Below is a list of several recent papers published by Dr. Zhou. The last one on the list is particularly damning. It comes from the Journal of General Virology, Volume 93, Issue 2, 1 February 2012:

Here is a press release from Dr. Zhou’s lab titled “How bats carry viruses without getting sick

Bats are known to harbour highly pathogenic viruses like Ebola, Marburg, Hendra, Nipah, and SARS-CoV, and yet they do not show clinical signs of disease. In a paper published in the journal Cell Host & Microbe on February 22, scientists at the Wuhan Institute of Virology in China find that in bats, an antiviral immune pathway called the STING-interferon pathway is dampened, and bats can maintain just enough defense against illness without triggering a heightened immune reaction.

“We believe there is a balance between bats and the pathogens they carry,”says senior author Peng Zhou. “This work demonstrated that in order to maintain a balance with viruses, bats may have evolved to dampen certain pathways.”

In humans and other mammals, an immune-based over-response to one of these and other pathogenic viruses can trigger severe illness. For example, in humans, an activated STING pathway is linked with severe autoimmune diseases.

“In human history, we have been chasing infectious diseases one after another,” says Zhou, “but bats appear to be a ‘super-mammal’ to these deadly viruses.” By identifying a weakened but not defunct STING pathway, researchers have some new insight into how bats fine-tune antiviral defences to balance an effective, but not an overt, response against viruses.

The authors hypothesize that this defence strategy evolved as part of three interconnected features of bat biology: they are flying mammals, have a long lifespan, and host a large viral reservoir.

“Adaptation to flight likely caused positive selection of multiple bat innate immune and DNA damage repair genes,” Zhou says. “These adaptations may have shaped certain antiviral pathways (STING, interferon, and others) to make them good viral reservoir hosts and achieve a tolerable balance.”

Here is a job advert posted on November 18, 2019, according to which the Wuhan Institute of Virology is seeking to hire one or two post-doc fellows, who will use “bats to research the molecular mechanism that allows Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses to lie dormant for a long time without causing diseases.” 

(The job posted is in Chinese. But just just click on Google Translate to get it in English. At the time of writing, the job ad was still live. Though I suspect the Chinese Government will soon do a bit of ‘spring-cleaning’ and start deleting any evidence of the Wuhan Institute of Virology’s research into bats and the Coronavirus)

Ladies and gentlemen, I know this is just circumstantial evidence. But given that we know the current Coronavirus passed from bats to humans and given the research activities of Dr Zhou, I am increasingly convinced that the Coronvirus came from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, and specifically the lab of Dr Peng Zhou where research was being carried out into how bats can carry viruses like the Coronavirus without getting sick.

I don’t believe it came from the Wuhan meat and fish market at all.

An American politician has just gone on record to claim the Wuhan Institute of Virology is the real source of the epidemic.

I wonder if any of the mainstream media will dare investigate this story or if they’ll avoid it like the plague as the UK is desperate to do trade deals with the Chinese.

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  1. This Chinese Doctor has been through it all, detained, threatened, sickened, negative test, and later confirmed.

    The Supreme People’s Court criticized the police for Li’s treatment. Wuhan police said via Weibo that Li and the doctors had spread “unverified information.”

    “If society had at the time believed those ‘rumors,’ and wore masks, used disinfectant and avoided going to the wildlife market as if there were a SARS outbreak, perhaps it would’ve meant we could better control the coronavirus today,” the court said. “Rumors end when there is openness.”

    Li’s detention possibly dissuaded others in the medical community from opening speaking about the virus, said Wang Guangbao, a surgeon and popular science writer in eastern China.

    “The eight posters getting seized made all of us doctors feel we were at risk,” he said, according to the Post.

    Wish him to get well, and full recovery and his immune system settles down.

    Whether the genie can be put back in the bag, and maybe we can live with it, but at what cost, a few deaths? or a further mutation is possible?
    Who weighs up the risks? with what facts & conjecture, the costs?
    How do we evaluate them?, as a collective & as an individual.

    In the meantime, in this age, of global travel, and information spreads so fast, that we are trampling on the heels of the scientists, and can follow rightly or wrongly.

    Further research, and hopefully much more openness, to bring more information and truth.
    Some of that will take time.
    Credibility, truth can easily be mixed in for other purposes and other agendas.



    • They can play around with it within their Democrat party, and more fool them.

      It is one area of this new digital technology that I detest!
      That we need supposedly need to have electronic voting, a rabbit warren, that is full of authoritative rats, weasels etc..

      The old school, or hall etc. is good enough, with a proper voting booth.
      The voter is also checked off a list, and these days photo ID, I have no problem with.

      Then the parties can also have scrutineers to oversee how it all goes.
      A proper paper trail, that can go to a court for a judges tally.

      There is enough back ground of party courtesy taxi, ending up with KFC, but the privacy and sanctity of the voting booth and how it is run, should be sacrosanct!

      If voters can not be bothered to go there, then that is their disinterest in democracy.
      Only possible maybe an extension of hours, like a bit earlier in morning and a bit later in the evening.
      The special votes, that can be done in a polling place if one is outside their electorate.

      To be in a hospital, then they have special teams going through the wards.
      Rest homes likewise.
      How workable it is for a party scrutineers I am not sure of.

      It almost did not matter that much about who were the scrutineers as decades ago, every one had an abiding concept, that democracy was first.

      These days it seems that some parties should be more than first, not only by fair means, but by what it takes.
      So a double take of scrutineers are a necessity.

      Soros knows it is not who casts the votes, it is who counts them, and to have all connections camouflaged in errors, technological complications, codes, hacking etc.. is so handy.



      • I’m more than happy to hunt out a polling booth to cast my vote for democracy or there is the ability to make a special vote. We now have days to cast a vote at a nearby polling booth. If it isn’t that important to you then don’t bother! Let those who are interested enough to make the decision If you can’t be bothered.



  2. This poorly educated commenter may be oversimplifying things but there’s a gap in the logic behind the article.

    It refers to how bats cope with viruses by their immune systems suppressing but not killing the invader. It contains no suggestion that a new virus has been invented & Chinese people have a long history of contact with bats, even to the point of eating them.

    I agree that the “Wuhan Institute of Virology is the real source of the epidemic” but the current panic by the CCP suggests that a virus has mutated into a new form…….not that a form of life has adapted to living with an existing one.



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