The authors of the sensational statement are Angus Dalglish, professor of oncology at the University of London and Norwegian virologist Dr. Birger Sorensen, head of the pharmaceutical company Immunor. Dalglish is known for his work on the HIV vaccine. He is also a member of the British Independence Party, a right-wing populist party. Dalglish – a supporter of Braxit – even ran for Parliament during the 2015 election campaign. Angus is also Birger's financial partner and has a stake in Immunor, which has developed a candidate coronavirus vaccine called Biovacc-19.
For the first time, the hypothesis of the laboratory origin of Sars-Cov-2 was voiced by Dalglish and Sorensen last summer. But the scientific community branded this version as a conspiracy theory, and the magazines refused to publish the scandalous article of the troublemakers.
Now the professors claim that while working on the creation of their vaccine, they found “irrefutable evidence” of the artificial origin of the virus. However, this evidence has not yet been published either. The scientists only intend to submit their 22-page article to the Quarterly Review of Biophysics Discovery. And before publication, they submitted their manuscript to the Daily Mail tabloid.
Dalglish and Sorensen reviewed reports of experiments that were conducted in the laboratories of the Wuhan Institute of Virology from 2002 to 2019. They claim that the deadly virus was created as part of the Gain of Function study, which was funded by the US government. In the course of this kind of experiments, scientists increase the pathogenicity of viruses in order to predict the development of new infectious diseases and create antiviral drugs. For example, only humans and seals are ill with the influenza B virus, but if the virus is artificially altered, these mutations will allow influenza B to infect rabbits. This will be a strengthening of functions, since the virus was previously unable to do this. And the goal of the experiment is to find out which parts of the gene are responsible for the ability to be passed on to new hosts. This knowledge makes it possible to create antiviral drugs that block this function.
Dalglish and Sorensen argue that scientists at the Wuhan Laboratory conducted similar experiments with coronaviruses: they took a natural virus isolated from bats as a basis and created a new “spike” with the help of mutations. Thus, the relatively harmless virus has become the deadly and highly infectious SARS-Cov-2.
Such experiments are considered unsafe, so in 2014, the Obama administration imposed a moratorium on the Gain of Function program and stopped funding the project. However, three years later, the program was resumed by the efforts of the US National Institutes of Health – this institution is responsible for research in the field of health and biomedicine. And the Wuhan laboratory received a grant of $ 600,000 to research the transmission of coronaviruses to humans. However, at a hearing in the US Senate last week, the White House's chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, admitted that there is no guarantee that the money has not been spent on risky function-enhancing experiments.
Studying the characteristics of the Sars-Cov-2 virus during the development of their vaccine, Dalglish and Sorensen drew attention to the sequence of four amino acids in the spike protein.
“All amino acids have a positive charge, which helps the virus, like a magnet, to cling tightly to negatively charged human cells and thus infect them,” explains Dalglish. – But since, like magnets, positively charged amino acids repel each other, in natural organisms it is rare to find a sequence of three, let alone four amino acids in a row. The laws of physics mean that nature cannot create a sequence of four positively charged amino acids in a row. The only way to get such a combination is to artificially fabricate it. We consider this to be a characteristic feature of laboratory manipulation.
Moreover, the authors of the sensation assure: they have evidence that after the start of the pandemic, Chinese scientists “covered their tracks.” Allegedly, virologists from Wuhan were engaged in retro-engineering and created intermediate strains of the virus to give the impression that it evolved naturally. Therefore, retroactively new samples of dubious origin appeared in genetic databases.
According to Dalglish and his colleagues, this is not about deliberately infecting people with the virus, but about an accidental leak from a laboratory, the traces of which are carefully masked.
If an Englishman and a Norwegian publish really strong evidence of their hypothesis, it will be a bomb! But for now we are dealing with a pig in a poke.