In sum, the study has nothing to do with enhancement-of-function work — the experiments in which viruses are deliberately manipulated to be more infectious or lethal — as feared by Internet users. Moreover, the day after these pseudo-revelations, Boston University refuted the British article and called it “false and inaccurate”. On the contrary, the university confirms this in a press release “this research has made the replication of the virus less dangerous”. NEIDL director Ronald Corley, for his part, accuses those who spread the rumor of giving “a sensational character” to the message. “This statement misrepresents not only the findings of the study, but also its objectives.”

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