Reinstate the global moratorium on "gain-of-function" research

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Fifty years ago, artificially enhancing selection by intentionally infecting countless series of lab animals with different viruses is understood to have created the H1N1 Swine Flu.

Its Franken-genome has a mysterious untraceable genetic parentage and a "clear unnatural origin," and H1N1 became the poster-child for a moratorium against gain-of-function research - experimentation that seeks to increase a pathogen's virulence, creating a more effective double-edged sword to counter and learn from. In the case of H1N1, it wasn't a question of if it'd escaped from a research laboratory, only whether it'd been designed as part of a weapons system, or been part of a vaccine trial

Whether or not COVID-19 is eventually determined to have originate from gain-of-function research, this pandemic should be a stark reminder of the dangers it poses - we implore you to sign this petition calling for another moratorium on all virological gain-of-function research.

This is to prevent a pandemic caused by the accidental escape of an incredible virulent pathogen a research lab, if one isn’t presently ongoing, and to prevent biowarfare programs from being hidden behind the guise of sanctioned "gain-of-function" research.