FDA fails to rebut science reflecting COVID-19 vaccines can modify recipient DNA

ICAN, through its attorneys, wrote to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the CDC, along with Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, to demand that the FDA and CDC confirm whether or not they still maintain that COVID-19 vaccines cannot change human DNA.

On March 16, 2021, ICAN’s attorneys wrote to Dr. Walensky and Dr. Marks to inquire about viral vector COVID-19 vaccines and the CDC’s assertion that “[t]he genetic material delivered by the viral vector does not integrate into a person’s DNA.”

ICAN pointed out a recent study which explains that “studies have shown that replication-incompetent adenoviral vectors randomly integrate into host chromosomes at frequencies of 0.001-1% of infected cells” and asked that Dr. Walensky and Dr. Marks either provide the science to explain how these studies are incorrect or confirm removal of CDC’s contrary assertion.”

Read the full article at the Informed Consent Action Network.

Two doctors (Dr. Moore and Dr. Meissner) specifically asked this question came up during the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting considering the Pfizer vaccine (which according to Pfizer contains RNA that encodes (as communicated by Pfizer), a “full mutated spike protein”. Dr. Meissner asked whether fetuses might be at risk of having its DNA changed via reverse transcriptase if the mother-to-be had been vaccinated

To put this in simpler terms: the question was raised during the FDA’s Advisory Committee meeting on Dec. 10 about whether the mRNA could be converted to DNA in the presence of reverse transcriptase. How did they answer that? It was brushed under the rug, not discussed scientifically.

In April 2021 Dr. Teresa Deisher estimated that mRNA from a vaccine could change our DNA the same way that viruses do. Deisher is an expert in insertational mutagenesis – the process by which foreign DNAs can enter the nucleus of the cell and become inserted into a person, or animal’s genome. The only study that shows that this is happening with viruses (Zhang et al., published 2020 by the Whitehead Institute, on the biorxiv server) has as of 1/24/2020 not been peer reviewed. The study found that viruses can insert into your DNA and change it. Virologists tell us that much of our DNA is, in fact, originally viral DNA that found its way into ours.

There are no data ruling out genomic incorporation of the mRNA from mRNA vaccines into the genome of cells in vaccinated people, the issue has simply not been addressed by vaccine makers. Given the discovery of the Zhang et al. study, which showed it was possible for viral RNAs to modify the human genome, it seems reasonable that is might also occur with mRNA from mRNA vaccines. How frequently this might happen is unknown.

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