If the "the team" in MD can't recognize that taking a more transmissible virus and making it more lethal is enhancing a pathogen, they aren't safe to be doing this work.

Government lab in Maryland plans to create a hybrid monkeypox strain that is MORE deadly than one currently spreading in US
  • NIAID research will see experts swap genes between two monkeypox strains
  • They will attempt to make currently dominant clade more lethal and infect mice
  • The aim of the project is to spur the development of better drugs for humans
  • But it comes amid growing concern about virus manipulation research in labs
  • DailyMail.com exposed last week how a hybrid Covid virus was made in Boston

By Cassidy Morrison Senior Health Reporter For Dailymail.Com

Published: 17:57 EST, 24 October 2022 | Updated: 08:44 EST, 25 October 2022
A Government laboratory in Maryland plans to make the circulating monkeypox strain more lethal in highly controversial research in mice.

The team wants to equip the dominant clade - which mostly causes a rash and flu-like symptoms - with genes from another strain that causes severe disease.

They hope the experiment will reveal how different genes make monkeypox more deadly, and spur the development of better drugs and vaccines for humans.

It comes just a week after DailyMail.com revealed a similar experiment involving a hybrid Covid strain was conducted at Boston University.

The latest monkeypox study is being funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a research arm of National Institutes of Health (NIH).

But the modified virus 'poses an exceptionally high risk' to the public if it accidentally leaks, according to Dr Richard Ebright, a microbiologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

The team in Maryland would argue their work does not involve 'enhancing' a pathogen because they are swapping natural mutations rather than creating new ones, meaning the hybrid cannot be more deadly than the existing clades.

But the news will no doubt surprise many Americans that such research continues to go on in the US despite fears similar practices may have started the pandemic...