Why Are We Still Funding Gain-of-Function Research?

Some scientists warn that the studies are an ‘extinction-level risk’

March 23, 2023 | Source: The Spectator | by Ashley Rindsberg

If someone had asked you in winter 2019 your views on gain-of-function research, you would likely have given them a blank look. But since the Covid pandemic, and with the Wall Street Journal revealing in February that the US Department of Energy now thinks Covid-19 is likely to have come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology, gain-of-function research — often conducted to make viruses more infectious and more deadly — is a matter of enormous significance and should be at the forefront of a national conversation about the very real risks it poses.