Ralph Baric is often referred to as the godfather of gain-of-function experiments. His lab at the University of North Carolina has pioneered groundbreaking techniques in virus manipulation and reconstruction.
Those techniques were used on bat viruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, with whom Baric has cooperated since at least 2015.
More recently, Baric has downplayed his association with the Wuhan lab, going so far as to suggest the lab’s notably lax safety standards may have caused the pandemic.
Baric’s statements have set him on a collision course with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), who denounced him in two recent statements.
We look at the history between Baric and the Wuhan lab and assess the CCP’s new fixation on Baric.
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