Chinese Researchers Create Deadly ‘Mutant Coronavirus’ 100% Fatal to ‘Humanized’ Mice

by Adan Salazar

January 16th 2024, 2:22 pm

Chinese scientists liked to the military have reportedly developed a mutant coronavirus strain cloned from a pangolin virus that’s 100 percent lethal to mice in lab testing.

The study, conducted by researchers at Beijing University of Chemical Technology, infected “humanized” mice with the GX_P2V virus discovered in pangolins in 2017, according to The Daily Mail.

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The mice had been ‘humanized’, meaning they were engineered to express a protein found in people, with the goal being to assess how the virus might react in humans.

Every rodent that was infected with the pathogen died within eight days, which the researchers described as ‘surprisingly’ quick.

The team were also surprised to find high levels of viral load in the mice’s brains and eyes – suggesting the virus, despite being related to Covid, multiplies and spreads through the body in a unique way.

While the study has not yet been released, The Mail reports researchers claimed the death of the lab mice “underscores a spillover risk of GX_P2V into humans.”

Links to the Chinese military reportedly come from study researcher Dr. Yigang Tong’s training at the CCP-run People’s Liberation Army Academy of Military Sciences.

The Mail writes Tong also “co-authored a paper in 2023 with ‘bat woman’ Zheng-Li Shi, who helps run the Wuhan Institute of Virology.”

Members of the scientific community criticized the research as risky, and expressed concern over researchers’ failure to disclose safety standards undertaken throughout the study.

“I can see nothing of vague interest that could be learned from force-infecting a weird breed of humanized mice with a random virus. Conversely, I could see how such stuff might go wrong,” commented University College London Genetics Institute Prof. Francois Balloux.

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