Gene technology: does it have a history of safety?

Stuck in a parallel universe:—at our local school a doctor arrived to address the student body and the staff about Covid-19 inoculation. Reassuringly the doctor explained that mRNA vaccination technology has a 30 year history of testing and safety. ‘The best vaccine ever’.

Absolutely true that gene technology has been under development and testing for thirty years, but why is it only just now being used? A quick glance through the published papers should be enough to convince you:

A paper published in 2003 in the journal Gene Therapy was entitled

Adverse effects of gene therapy: Gene therapy can cause leukaemia: no shock, mild horror but a probe

A paper in Frontiers in Oncology published in 2019 just before the pandemic was prophetic:

“…gene therapy has been caught in a vicious cycle for nearly two decades owing to immune response, insertional mutagenesis, viral tropism, off-target activity, unwanted clinical outcomes (ranging from illness to death of participants in clinical trials), and inadequate regulation….the resurgent interest in offering gene therapy-based treatments is one of the most defining developments in the pharmaceutical industry and is expected to have far-reaching implications With an estimated US $11 billion market in the next 10 years, both clinical trials and pharmaceutical industry are anticipated to benefit immensely from gene therapy.”

They were way below (by a factor of 200) in their estimation of profit per year that the pharmaceutical industry would be able to squeeze out of it but reassuring spot on in their estimation of adverse effects.

A paper published in Nature Medicine with the experience of the pandemic to add to hindsight in April 2021 says

“Gene-therapy trials are on the rise, but more needs to be done to understand the long-term risks associated with this type of treatment.

An August 2021 study in Toxicology Reports reviewing the mRNA vaccination trials says:

Clinical trials for these inoculations were very short-term (a few months), had samples not representative of the total population, and for adolescents/children, had poor predictive power because of their small size. Further, the clinical trials did not address changes in biomarkers that could serve as early warning indicators of elevated predisposition to serious diseases. Most importantly, the clinical trials did not address long-term effects that, if serious, would be borne by children/adolescents for potentially decades.”

So if you read in the mainstream media about the problem free trials and the long history of gene technology safety you might look for scientific papers and always add the the term ‘scholarly articles’ to your Google or DuckDuckGo search which will enable you to avoid the drivel of paid public relations being printed by the NZ press.

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