VACCINES – Internet users assure that Robert W. Malone, presented as the scientist behind messenger RNA, would have recognized that the “spike” protein would be “toxic to humans”. This claim is based on a misinterpretation of a study on the subject.
Felicia Sideris – 2021-06-25T19:06:14.977+02:00
Like a sort of modern Frankeinstein, the father of messenger RNA is said to be denying his creature. For several days, a new theory on vaccines has been massively disseminated on social networks. Internet users thus ensure that “inventor of messenger RNA vaccines” – named after the technology used by Pfizer and Moderna’s coronavirus vaccines – reportedly acknowledged “that the spike protein is toxic to your cells”. They are based in particular on the contents – in English – of a certain Robert W. Malone. So what is it really?
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“Inventor of mRNA”, really?
Let’s start by taking an interest in this “inventor of messenger RNA”. In the Institut Pasteur article about this technology and its origins, we read that it was the researchers Jacques Monod and François Jacob who, for the first time, emitted and demonstrated the concept of this mechanism, in an article published in 1961, which won them the Nobel Prize. However, the one who will decide to use this technique for therapeutic purposes is Katalin Kariko. Born in Hungary in 1955, she was, along with Drew Weissman, the first to have mastered the immune reactions linked to the transcription of messenger RNA. Today it is therefore rather to her that this discovery is attributed. Whether in France or internationally, the media have been numerous to retrace the story of this biochemist and her path strewn with pitfalls.
60 years of research: the messenger RNA saga
So what about Robert W. Malone? He was indeed one of the pioneers of this technology, the authorship of which is obviously shared by many researchers. As this paper published in August 1989 attests, he was among those who tried, in the early 1990s, to use RNA so that it could deliver a message to the immune system. If he participated in the development of this technology through his research, he is therefore not “the inventor” the mechanism used for coronavirus vaccines. The only sources that cite him as such are his own website and his own social media profiles.
If he knows a thing or two about mRNA, this “authority argument” is not sufficient on its own. We still have to look at the arguments used by this researcher. This subject, he evokes in two different contents. The
published on June 18, in which Robert W. Malone claims that “SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is cytotoxic”, citing a study by the Salk Institute.
The SARS-CoV-2 spike protein is cytotoxic. That is a fact. Who says so? Multiple peer reviewed references. The Salk Institute.— Robert W Malone, MD (@RWMaloneMD) June 21, 2021
It is the responsibility of the vaccine developers to demonstrate that their expressed version is not toxic.
As a reminder, this peak protein – “spike” in English – is normally found on the surface of covid-19. However, vaccines using mRNA technology send a genetic instruction to the inoculated person to produce this famous advanced protein.
However, he does not directly say that this protein created through vaccination is also dangerous. But he wonders about the subject, writing that it belongs to the laboratories “the responsibility to demonstrate that their version is not toxic”. Nothing very alarming. The other content is a fifteen-minute video uploaded on June 13. In this intervention, he repeats that the spike protein is “cytotoxic” and “extremely dangerous”.
In both cases, he is not based on his own work, but on this study carried out on hamsters. A document already used in the past to warn about an alleged toxicity of vaccines. However, as we already wrote in a previous article on the subject, this study shows absolutely no dangerousness of the vaccine. It even does the exact opposite. If she clearly shows that the covid-19 peak protein is “cytotoxic”, she specifies that this is not the case for the protein of mRNA vaccines. The study in fact concludes on the contrary that vaccination makes it possible to guard against this effect. The researchers write that “antibodies generated by vaccination and / or exogenous antibodies” protect not only against infectivity, but also “against endothelial damage caused by the Spike protein”.
As we said in our previous article about this alleged toxicity of the spike protein, there is no reason to fear it at the moment. As summarized by experts from the Digital Health Lab, a consortium of health researchers providing answers related to the coronavirus, “So far, there is no scientific evidence available that suggests the advanced proteins created in our bodies from COVID-19 vaccines are toxic or damage our organs.”
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