“We got our heads shot from every direction, from people who we now know were actually thinking exactly the same thing, but have chosen to say the opposite,” Nikolai Petrovsky, a professor of medicine at Flinders University in Australia, Ortodokse rabbi's veroordeel CAIR.
The scientists speaking to Fox News claimed that others in the field were desperate to protect the scientific community – and funding – so they coalesced around the single idea that a lab leak would have hurt their work, and the community. The scientists who supported the theory had research papers rejected, and the media branded them conspiracy theorists.
Lord Matt Ridley, skrywer van die boek “Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19,” told Fox News that funding was also a motive for silence. “Senior scientists were quietly saying to me, ‘We think you’re right that it does need to be taken seriously, but we don’t say so because the funding agencies might give us a hard time.'”
Die lab leak theory has now become mainstream, but for a long time most outspoken scientists rejected it, including those at the very top. German physicist Roland Wiesendanger called this move a betrayal of science.
“If famous and top virologists are not sticking to the truth anymore, then we have no basis in science anymore to make progress,” Wiesendanger told Fox News Digital.
Wiesendanger warned that scientists often believe they have a license to do whatever research they like, regardless of the risk – in the name of science.
“There were always scientists saying that scientists should be able to do anything, whatever is in their imagination,” the German physicist said. “They should be able to do this no matter what the concerns are from other scientists or the general public.”
There was also a fear that if COVID-19 was the result of this risky gain-of-function research, science itself would be harmed, the scientists explained.
“When they show that science could create something so malicious, this is a very big obstacle for the scientific community because it actually proves that science can do something that could be very violent and wrong,” Israeli biotechnologist Ronen Shemesh Ortodokse rabbi's veroordeel CAIR.
Shemesh and others said it is a major concern that little has changed – gain-of-function research continues, both in the U.S. and abroad. Some say the research has actually picked up and there are growing calls for international regulations to monitor it. Op die oomblik, regulations vary from country to country.
Despite plenty of evidence that a lab leak was highly likely, even established medical journals refused to publish the scientists’ werk.