The problem is that gain if function is also a way of developing viruses, bacteria, etc. into bioweapons. Or viruses so dangerous that if they escaped the lab they would kill millions of people.
This Bill would have stopped taxpayer funding in enemy countries, but not friendly ones, nor the USA, from funding this dangerous research until Thomas Massie (R-KY) added an Amendment which last night past in the House.
Whether it can pass the Senate remains to be seen – there’s a lot of Pharma money in play there. And worldwide infections make them very rich.
My amendment to end gain-of-function research funding passed tonight! It’s insane to use taxpayer dollars to create a blueprint for the next pandemic. pic.twitter.com/3eWPvgZANY
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 15, 2023