By: Col. Lawrence Sellin (Ret.) and Anna Chen | CCNS

The following is one example of a much larger problem, not just at this institution, but all across the United States involving billions of taxpayer dollars in knowledge, skills, and research grants being fed into China’s virus research laboratories, no doubt, some going to its biowarfare program.

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston is a major virus research center heavily funded by the National Institutes of Health, especially Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

In August 2020, UTMB was designated by Anthony Fauci as one of the ten Centers for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases and newly funded by an NIAID grant totaling $82 million.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Fauci also designated Peter Daszak’s EcoHealth Alliance, a long-time collaborator with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, as another Center for Research in Emerging Infectious Diseases, awarding it $7.5 million.

UTMB is also the home of the Department of Defense-funded Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases.

UTMB has one of the few Biosafety Level 4 facilities for containing and conducting research on the world’s most dangerous viruses.

One does not need to dig very deeply to find that UTMB has been infiltrated by scientists of the People’s Liberation Army, some believed to be linked to China’s biowarfare program.

This is happening right now, not something that happened ten years ago.

Case in point using a single COVID-19 scientific article published on January 20, 2021:

“Ubiquitination of SARS-CoV-2 ORF7a promotes antagonism of interferon response” authored by Zengguo Cao, Hongjie Xia, Ricardo Rajsbaum, Xianzhu Xia, Hualei Wang and Pei-Yong Shi.

The senior author, Pei-Yong Shi, was trained in the People’s Republic of China and now is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at UTMB. Since 2007, he has been an Honorary Professor at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

The first author, Zengguo Cao, who works with Pei-Yong Shi at UTMB, lists another affiliation, the Key Laboratory of Zoonosis Research, Ministry of Education, College of Veterinary Medicine, Jilin University, Changchun, China.

Zengguo Cao leaves out the fact that he works at the People’s Liberation Army’s Military Veterinary Research Institute.

The second author, Hongjie Xia, who also works with Pei-Yong Shi at UTMB, collaborated with Chinese military scientists while working at Wuhan University.

The fourth and fifth authors, Xianzhu Xia and Hualei Wang are both associated with the  People’s Liberation Army’s Military Veterinary Research Institute.

It is critical to note, that the  People’s Liberation Army’s Military Veterinary Research Institute is believed to be an important component of China’s biowarfare program, led by veterinary General Jin Ningyi.

A PLA scientist working under General Jin Ningyi, Biao He, was a key member of the team, which isolated and characterized bat coronaviruses ZC45 and ZXC21, claimed by Chinese whistleblower Dr. Limeng Yan to be the backbone of the laboratory-created COVID-19 virus.

What has been described above is only a tiny part of the massive infiltration of U.S. virus research programs by China’s military.

This column was originally published at The Gateway Pundit