Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Wednesday’s edition of the Breitbart News Daily podcast with host Alex Marlow that the same day’s Senate hearing on the federal government’s funding of gain-of-function research on viruses would be the first of its kind since the COVID-19 outbreak.
Paul previewed a hearing held by a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday described by C-SPAN as an examination of “federal investment into the gain of function research of viruses and diseases.”
Gain-of-function research, Paul said, involves manipulation of viruses to change their virulence and lethality.
“This will be the first hearing on gain-of-function research,” Paul stated. “This is the research that was going on in the lab where they take a virus that has known mortality, like one of