In Washington, Sen. Rand Paul called Dr. Anthony Fauci, a liar who should be fired because of the proven research by the National Institute of Health in Wuhan Institute of Virology. According to the senator, Dr. Fauci- the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, should be fired from office for not admitting the potential funding of the gain-of-function research.
What is Game-of- Function Research?
A gain-of-function refers to the type of mutation that results in an altered gene product that possesses a new pattern of gene expression or a new molecular function or according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Taking an unknown virus and combining it with a known virus will make it gain or lose its function, which meets the definition of gain-of-function research. According to Senator Paul - the WIV has created a virus that does not exist in nature and has become more dangerous, and they try to justify it that it was an unexpected result.
It was not clear if the virus gains or loses function, but it is clear that it is gain-of-function research. The findings are "unexpected" according to NIH and say that the research did not meet the threshold for review. And because the virus had not been shown to infect humans, the NIH said the research might be terminated.
Likewise, NIH claimed that there was no likely increase in transmissibility or virulence in humans. But according to Fauci, they do not lie or mislead the investigation since it is molecularly impossible that the virus they worked on would turn into SARS-COV-2, which causes the COVID-19. But newly released documents appear to contradict Fauci's claims.
The document contains a detailed work of EcoHealth Alliance- non-profit American research which used the NIH funding to research the novel bat coronaviruses at the Wuhan Lab.
Senator Paul said that congressional hearings would continue to investigate and get to the bottom of the research in the search for truth.