All this buzz about lab leaks makes me wonder. What is a lab leak…or how is one?
Lab leaks have been portrayed as rare occurrences that happen when a tired, rushed or sloppy (or all of the above) laboratory worker makes an error that is exploited by weak links in the safety structure of the lab. Compounding the problem is that systemic ass-covering tends to willfully gloss over such events, thus hiding their instructional usefulness from the institutions with the most to gain by considering. People make mistakes but in the hyper-sensitive mind of research scientists mired in the cut-throat race to procure grants and recognition, mistakes are not an option. Labs shape narratives entirely around diminishment of severity of safety errors or even the potential for errors in the lab. Exposure of lapses in lab safety processes is back-roomed and shielded from overt view. Simply getting “to the bottom” of safety incidents require feats in investigatory research, when in a perfect world, the authorities involved would be very forthcoming for the sake of research scientists around the world. This Medium article illustrates the journalistic contortions required to unveil the shenanigans behind typical lab leaks.
Fortunately, the destructive ramifications of lab leaks have been short-lived and failed to unleash global shitstorms of whoops.
Until COVID-19, if in fact, it was a lab leak. One thing I can say with certainty after reading tome after tome dealing with the subject is that no one knows and no one is coughing up confessions right now. Based on what I’ve read, I believe the circumstances favor a lab leak of the accidental variety. I place more credence in the secretive pitfalls of Chinese CYA/Shame culture than any insidiousness which would suggest deliberate creation of a SARS bioweapon.
But why does it have to be humans who are the inadvertent “infectee’s?” As I read the latest foray into the lab leak suspicions, I was intrigued by the following passage.
As the NSC tracked these disparate clues, U.S. government virologists advising them flagged one study first submitted in April 2020. Eleven of its 23 coauthors worked for the Academy of Military Medical Sciences, the Chinese army’s medical research institute. Using the gene-editing technology known as CRISPR, the researchers had engineered mice with humanized lungs, then studied their susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2. As the NSC officials worked backward from the date of publication to establish a timeline for the study, it became clear that the mice had been engineered sometime in the summer of 2019, before the pandemic even started. The NSC officials were left wondering: Had the Chinese military been running viruses through humanized mouse models, to see which might be infectious to humans?
This reminds me of my post on Thursday dealing with the Fauci emails. I created a graphic for that post which included an email thread with the subject “Human lung mice,” a great portion of which were redacted but the suggestion reeks of Frankensteinian meddling by scientists.
I wondered: why does the leak have to be human?
Mice are epic scurrying creatures that are evolutionarily adapted to entering spaces uniquely designed to accommodate their rubbery skeleton. All it would take is one sleep-deprived student and an open cage door… The passage from Vanity Fair’s article is alarming. The historic deconstruction of the timeline revealing a Summer, 2019, time frame reveals many possibilities. A humanized mouse is the “perfect” vehicle to introduce a microbe to the human population and mice, humanized and not, would be plentiful in big urban Wuhan; more plentiful than bats in the Winter.
Invasion of the human lung mice could be an entirely accidental infection platform not involving humans, per se.
It could also be a deliberate lab “escape” with accidental deniability.
Poor mice. Stuck in the middle of man’s overpowering insanity. What is a poor mouse to do against the capricious whims of fate and microbes?
I’m truly sorry Man’s dominion
Has broken Nature’s social union,
An’ justifies that ill opinion,
Which makes thee startle,
At me, thy poor, earth-born companion,