Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology @RutgersU

New Jersey, USA
Joined June 2009
Postdoctoral Associate and Research Associate positions available in structural biology of transcription, transcription-translation coupling, and transcriptional regulation. Cryo-EM and/or crystallography. CV and cover letter to ebright@waksman.rutgers.edu.
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"Brian Shelton, now 64, may be the first person cured of the disease with a new treatment that has experts daring to hope that help may be coming for many of the 1.5 million Americans suffering from Type 1 diabetes." Brian Shelton Doug Melton nytimes.com/2021/11/27/healt…
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Where we are today with risky pathogen research is where we were 2 years ago as Covid-19 was emerging in Wuhan. Zero specific measures have been taken to make pathogen hunting and manipulation more transparent or safer even within the US, not to mention globally.
To the folks saying (or hoping) “don’t worry, I’m sure labs around the world are conducting research more safely now.” Where is the evidence of this happening? How do we know that people approving and conducting risky experiments have turned over a new leaf?
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"[O]ne colleague mused that EcoHealth has predicted and prevented 'zero pandemics' in its history, another added 'or perhaps minus one?'" Peter Daszak — the Elizabeth Holmes of Pandemic Prevention? link.medium.com/UACGf5DVvlb
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"A graduate of..University College of North Wales..Daszak earned..PhD at..University of East London, and..studied Crohn’s Disease with research fraudster..Andrew Wakefield. After a series of unremarkable research positions in..US, Daszak rose to prominence as 'The Virus Hunter'."
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"Seasoned skeptics wondered how someone with no formal training in virology..and no actual laboratory..was swinging such a large bag of research funding. Indeed, EcoHealth seems to function primarily as what is commonly known as a 'pass-through'"
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"Daszak has repeatedly engaged in a PR campaign marked by disinformation, intimidation and distraction. These are not..tools of a scientist, but they are certainly central to the craft of a rather different trade, one..coincidentally represented on the Advisory Board of EHA."
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"Nations that did not--such as the US, UK, and much of Europe--made incorrect decisions and, as a result, experienced completely preventable, completely avoidable, medical, social, and economic catastrophes."
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"However, now, with the more highly transmissible..Delta variant..and with vaccination campaigns approaching saturation levels in many nations, it will become both difficult and unnecessary for nations pursuing 'Zero COVID' or 'Near-Zero COVID policies to continue those policies"
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"Unfortunately, after..worldwide spread in 2020-2021, it is unlikely COVID can be eradicated. But, provided vaccines and boosters become widely available worldwide, it is likely COVID will become a threat primarily to those who, out of ignorance, refuse vaccines and boosters."
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"Endy, though synthetic biology’s champion, has been cleareyed about the risks since the outset..Today, risk management,..Endy said, should start with the assumption that in the not too distant future 'anyone, anywhere can make any virus from scratch.'" nytimes.com/2021/11/23/busin…
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"Ebdy..was the lead author of..report for..Pentagon’s advanced research agency in 2003 that laid out a framework for developing synthetic biology and managing its risks. In the report, he assessed the spectrum of dangers and imagined the bad-actor threat as 'Bin Laden Genetics.'"
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"HHS/CDC is..aware of one registered entity that is interested in generating this agent and would likely amend their registration to work with this agent."
"HHS..is amending its select agents and toxins regulations to add SARS-CoV/SARS-CoV-2 chimeric viruses resulting from any deliberate manipulation of SARS-CoV-2 to incorporate nucleic acids coding for SARS-CoV virulence factors" federalregister.gov/document…
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The Select Agent Program always has been reactive, not proactive. The very fact an amendment is being proposed makes it clear a SARS-CoV/SARS-CoV-2 virus deliberately manipulated to include nucleic acids encoding a virulence factor already has been proposed or performed.
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Most likely a SARS-CoV/SARS-CoV-2 virus deliberately manipulated to include nucleic acids encoding a virulence factor "involved in inflammasome activation during infection."
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And, yet, NIH officials falsely assert that NIH does not fund gain of function research or enhanced potential pandemic pathogen research on coronaviruses....
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"HHS/CDC intends to regulate this agent and to require the regulated entity to obtain prior approval from CDC to..incorporate nucleic acids coding for SARS-CoV virulence factors because these chimeric viruses have the potential to pose a severe threat to public health and safety"
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"SARS-CoV virulence factors include but are not limited to those involved in inflammasome activation during infection, which could be introduced into SARS-CoV-2 and create a chimeric virus with increased virulence."
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