Down the rabbit hole 2.0: https://www.sutori.com/story/d-r-a-s-t-i-c-2021-revelations–yqv8FHJw6oq5b8FHUUcqvQmn
D.R.A.S.T.I.C. 2021: REVELATIONS
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– where the Scientific Establishment meets its r/WallStreetBets –
How a rag-tag team of internet researchers and sleuths came together on Twitter as a scientific anarchist collective to fight back against mainstream bamboozlement around the origins of COVID-19, and help spread the word about the dangers posed by unchecked gain-of-function research. Read the Washington Post‘s endorsement of our work here.
(Three peer-reviewed papers later, including the first to argue for the plausibility of a laboratory origin, maybe we’ve been on to something?)
I. “Friends don’t lie.”
1/11: Keoni Everington at Taiwan News begins his coverage of DRASTIC’s work, first examining the fact that the Batwoman herself has an extensive history examining what would happen if a virus made its way from a lab animal out into the human population, also featuring our own Daoyu Zhang‘s dismantling of the idea that minks in China had anything to do with COVID-19’s origins, showcasing video from DRASTIC which makes in indisputable that WIV workers did not take anything close to proper precautions while collecting samples in the field, more proof that WIV was infecting humanized transgenic hACE2 mice with SARS-like viruses, and finally helping bring awareness to the growing chorus of voices calling for a free an open investigation.
Despite his straightforward journalist pieces, some in the virological community doubt whether Mr. Everington is getting the science right, however one of DRASTIC’s finest quickly helps explain why a reporter simply doing his job is being attacked.
When individuals act like they’re personally able to void peer review and like they’re above the rest of the scientific community, progress does not happen. Without peer review the scientific community loses almost all of its meaning, and it’s almost impossible to imagine anything more damaging to the fabric of scientific progress and trust than statements like this from individuals who believe they alone can overrule entire editorial boards.
1/31: One year after their initial article was posted online, the Sirotkins are still faced with more questions than answers, especially as a cabal of scientists with demonstrated ties to the defense industry all seem to be whistling past the implications for gain-of-function research within the peer reviewed literature that indicates a possible laboratory origin for COVID-19:
“In my more than four decades as a practicing scientist I have never felt this sense of bewilderment and concern over the conduct of other professionals, and especially now in the middle of a pandemic that has no end in sight – to have the scientific community act with such apparent duplicitous intent, in a possible effort to secure their own access to billions of dollars of funding is truly disconcerting, a feeling I would expect to be shared by everyone who considers themselves a part of the wider scientific community…”
Way back in the summer of 2020, a few weeks after their peer reviewed article was published in August, this email group full of strangers first made contact. This would’ve been around the same time as work began on the first mainstream article that pretended that Zero Hedge’s reporting and everything done by DRASTIC had never happened, including the peer reviewed publications which explored the role that gain-of-function research may have played.
An article that can be directly tied to the Broad Institute and their likely pursuit of gain-of-function research on the human genome, just as both Gigi Kwok-Gronvall and Richard Danzig can be directly tied to John Hopkins’ COVID Tracking Project which has pointedly ignored all of the peer reviewed research which suggests a lab origin and in the process disparaged Dr. Sirotkin’s credentials, as well as this massive $10 billion defense contracting proposal which hinges on the idea that COVID-19 has a natural origin.
With no sign that more transmissible and possibly virulent variants are going to stop emerging and spreading across the globe, why are so many scientists with direct, longstanding, and extraordinarily lucrative ties to the defense industry trying to occlude the possibility of a laboratory origin?https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZMGWLLDSA3c?modestbranding=1&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sutori.com&enablejsapi=1&fs=true&autoplay=false&widgetid=1
Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO pushes the discussion about a possible laboratory origin even farther into the mainstream.
2/1: Back under his original handle, the DRASTIC technical guru formerly known as Dr. Flavinkins regains his old Twitter handle, Daoyu, and publishes a large report on the nearly countless episodes of laboratory contamination throughout the WIV compound, which may help explain many of the anomalous findings nominally about COVID-19’s unique genome:
“…a closer examination of these sequences revealed that they were not sequences of actual wild viruses, but were in stead fragments left behind from PCR products and cloning vectors harboring both cDNA clones and infectious clones of such viruses, with evidence of viral sequences being joined directly to DNA sequences of vector and non-human origin within the same short reads.
Sequences associated with Vectors and PCR products from 3 distinct viral species have been obtained: The 3′-end of a Nipah Henipahvirus with fusion to a Hepatitis C virus Ribozyme, a T7 terminator and a Tetracycline resistance gene, the 5′-end of the same Nipah Henipahvirus with fusion to sequences found in diverse vectors, a complete vector genome encoding the HA gene of Influenza A virus subtype H7N9 under a CMV promoter and a bgH polyA terminator, and 221 contiguous sequences corresponding to the Spodoptera frugiperda rhabdovirus reference genome fused to sequences that were homologous to multiple Plastid sequences and Notably Mitochondrial sequences of Rodents.”
2/3: Displaying far more bravery than that erstwhile groundhog, our HPIC Billy Bostickson posts yet another thread outlining the extensive chicanery by both American and Chinese defense researchers aligned with the WIV, EcoHealth Alliance, DARPA, and others when it comes to all things bat wrangling-related, including the fact that DARPA has its very own patent for bat cages meant for viral transmission research.
2/5: The Washington Post’s Editorial Board becomes the first American paper of record to support the viability of a laboratory origin, crediting DRASTIC’s research twice in an op-ed where they explain: It is known from public documents that Dr. Shi was conducting “gain-of-function” research on bat coronaviruses which involves modifying their genomes to give the viruses new properties, such as the ability to infect a new host species or transmit from one host to another more easily. Such research is controversial — a gain of function experiment can create a danger that didn’t exist before. But the research might also help predict how a virus might evolve toward spillover, enabling the development of effective countermeasures such as a broad coronavirus vaccine.
A section of the database was password-protected and not accessible. This may well have been to protect the materials so that scientists from WIV could be first in writing scientific papers about the viruses and sequences. But except for that private section, the database was accessible until Sept. 12, 2019, when it became unreachable from outside the institute, according to DRASTIC, which has studied the database usage records. Why then? Dr. Shi has said it was taken offline for security reasons. “We have nothing to hide,” she told the BBC.
II. “They didn’t stop to think if they should.”
2/7: DRASTIC researchers and several other closely aligned scientists release a preprint that challenges many of the assertions underpinning the idea that COVID-19 might have had a natural origin, and points out many of the characteristics that indicate a laboratory release:
An open debate on SARS-CoV-2’s proximal origin is long overdue
“Critically, contrary to Andersen et al. 2020 supposition, there is no O-linked glycosylation on the neighboring residues of the S1/S2 junction, or at a significant level anywhere along the spike protein. No interaction of SARS-CoV-2 with a host immune system based on O-linked glycans can be claimed, and hence does not support the argument for natural evolution of SARS-CoV-2.
And indicating a lab origin: “a low rate of evolution in the early phase of transmission; the lack of evidence of recombination events; a high pre-existing binding to human ACE2; a novel furin cleavage site insert, and high human and mouse peptide mimicry.”WHO will end research into ‘extremely unlikely’ theory that COVID-19 originated in Wuhan labThe U.S. State Department said the U.S. would wait to see the WHO team’s full report before reaching conclusions about the origin of the coronavirus.WWW.USATODAY.COM
2/12: In response to the still bizarrely unresolved contact from a team of people apparently beholden to DARPA and defense projects, the Sirotkins publish an addendum to their original article:
Clarification regarding the likely leak of a novel viral strain from a Soviet laboratory.
In addition to providing the citation which demonstrates that the H1N1 Swine Flu which leaked out of a Soviet lab in the late 1970s was almost certainly serially passaged, and so deserves its reputation as the poster virus for the dangers of gain-of-function work, several other important points are made which give further indication that SARS-CoV-2 is the product of serial passage:
– Natural zoonosis means passing the challenges naturally posed by the immune system of a new host species; however, cellular serial passage can bypass these processes and create unique phenomena, possibly like SARS‐CoV‐2’s flat and non‐sunken surface of its sialic acid‐binding domain, which contrasts with the typical canyon observed in every single other ever observed coronavirus, as well as a lack of non‐synonymous substitutions in its RBD, which would be expected to accumulate at some point during a virus’s natural evolution due to challenges from a novel host’s complete immune system, but which would not be selected for and then observed to occur at the same frequency during cellular serial passage or during the few generations of whole host passaging required to establish airborne transmission.
– In the case of SARS‐C0V‐2, serial passage would be one explanation for why, although its original parent host was putatively bats, this novel coronavirus appears to bind very tightly to human ACE2, and is observed by in vitro analysis to bind more weakly to bats than many other mammals, including some used in serial passage work.
2/14: DRASTIC members Mona Rahalkar and Gilles Demaneuf are featured in SKY News Australia’s reporting about the WHO’s pitiful attempt at an investigation!!
III. “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled…”
2/21: Every wonder about what kind of thing the WHO’s “Investigative” Team should’ve been asking about from the very start? Billy Bostickson, Gilles Demaneuf, and some anonymous assistance compile an extensive list of databases which have been deleted or altered by the WIV starting in the early months of the pandemic and continuing well into 2020:
“On the 12th Sep 2019, the main database of samples and viral sequences of the Wuhan Institute of Virology went offline. Eventually every single of the 16 virus databases managed by the WIV was taken offline. Here we show how these databases may provide essential clues at to the origins of SARS-CoV-2 and review the circumstances in which they were taken offline.”
Wuhan lab’s mysterious dark database ‘could be Covid cover up smoking gun’A MYSTERIOUS dark database hidden by China could be the smoking gun that proves Covid DID leak from a Wuhan lab, a study has claimed. The Sun Online can reveal the closely guarded cache of informat…WWW.THESUN.CO.UKWSJ News Exclusive | WHO Investigators to Scrap Plans for Interim Report on Probe of Covid-19 OriginsThe World Health Organization team’s decision comes as tensions mount between Beijing and Washington over the investigation and one international group of scientists appeals for a new probe.WWW.WSJ.COMD.R.A.S.T.I.C. ResearchD.R.A.S.T.I.C. ResearchDRASTICRESEARCH.ORG
D.R.A.S.T.I.C. Website is launched!!
(Decentralized Radical Autonomous Search Team Investigating COVID-19)
Follow along here to learn about all of the latest papers and developments as they happen, and learn more about the group!Understanding COVID-19 and Seasonal Influenza as Quasispecies Mutant Swarms Reveals the Quantum Origins and Cryptic Fates of Human Pandemics.From the co-author of the first peer-reviewed paper examining a laboratory origin for SARS-CoV-2, as well as its addendum, which formally linked the H1N1 Spanish Flu pandemic strain release of 1977 to gain-of-function research.DailyMailUK What happens when dangerous and unproven scientific research techniques meet the military-industrial complex? Are modern research scientists still controlled by any code of ethics at all?HARVARD2THEBIGHOUSE.SUBSTACK.COMOder war es vielleicht doch ein Laborunfall? Das Rätsel um den Ausbruch der Corona-PandemieEin Virus treibt die Welt vor sich her. Ist es tatsächlich auf natürlichem Weg übertragen worden? Oder etwa doch aus einem Hochsicherheitslabor in Wuhan entwichen? Die drängende Frage nach dem Ursp…DRASTICRESEARCH.ORG
Or was it a laboratory accident after all? The riddle surrounding the outbreak of the corona pandemic:
Rossana Segreto makes the amazing discovery that the published gene sequence of RaTG13 corresponds exactly to a gene sequence that was already mentioned in an earlier publication – but under a completely different name at the time.
Thread by @franciscodeasis on Thread Reader AppThread by @franciscodeasis: [Thread] In-silico molecular overclocking of RaTG13. TLDR: 191-nt RdRp segments of SARS-CoV-2, RaTG13 and Ra7896 show an unexpected molecular clock behavior. In-silico synonym mutations ……THREADREADERAPP.COMThe mysterious case of Eddie Holmes and the SARS-COV-2 genome sequence publication delaySeems that Eddie was playing the “innocent card” @TheSeeker268 @franciscodeasis @ydeigin @AntGDuarte @edwardcholmes @K_G_Andersen Read ThreadDRASTICRESEARCH.ORG