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:
- Dampened STING-Dependent Interferon Activation in Bats
- Fatal swine acute diarrhoea syndrome caused by an HKU2-related coronavirus of bat origin
- IFNAR2-dependent gene expression profile induced by IFN-α in Pteropus alecto bat cells and impact of IFNAR2 knockout on virus infection
- Immunogenicity of the spike glycoprotein of Bat SARS-like coronavirus
- Bat severe acute respiratory syndrome-like coronavirus ORF3b homologues display different interferon antagonist activities
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.