In a paper exposed by The Australian in 2012, Dr. Fauci appeared to defend the “importance” of gain-of-function research despite its “risk” of creating a plague.
The National Pulse revealed on May 28 that Dr. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, made similar comments at a December 2012 conference focused on gain-of-function research.
Dr. Fauci said at the time that while such research increases the virulence and lethality of infectious diseases, it is “essential.
Dr. Fauci acknowledged the potential drawbacks of gain-of-function research, noting that there is “concern that the products or information generated by these experiments could be used by others in a careless, unregulated manner, by inexperienced people, or even by deliberate misuse, to the detriment of society.”
In an October 2012 article for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Fauci also suggested that this dangerous form of research could “trigger” a pandemic.” In an unlikely, but conceivable event, what if this scientist were to contract a virus that would lead to an outbreak and eventually a pandemic? “
Fauci goes on to write, “Scientists working in this field might say, and indeed I have said, that the benefits of such experiments and the resulting knowledge outweigh the risks.”