Media

23 Nov 2021 comments in The New York Times Magazine article ‘You should be afraid of the next ‘lab leak’.’

17 Nov 2021 comments in Science article ‘Prophet in purgatory: EcoHealth Alliance’s Peter Daszak is fighting accusations that his pandemic prevention work helped spark Covid-19.’

11 Nov 2021 comments in Neo.Life article ‘The real danger of a biological cold war with China.’

1 Nov 2021 comments in The Telegraph article ‘WHO seeks more laboratory safety experts for pandemic origins inquiry.’

27 Oct 2021 King’s College London press release ‘Project aimed at improving safety in labs dealing with lethal viruses recieves major funding grant.’

23 Oct 2021 interviewed on Italian Rai3 Presa diretta investigation into ‘Il virus perfetto.’

22 Oct 2021 comments in  BMJ article ‘Covid-19: New WHO group to look into pandemic origins is dogged by alleged conflicts of interest.’

21 Oct 2021 comments in Newsweek article ‘Scientists react as NIH head Francis Collins calls Wuhan lab leak theories ‘misinformation’.’

18 Oct 2021 comments in Science article ‘Fights over confidentiality pledge and conflicts of interests tore apart COVID19 origin probe.’

17 Oct 2021 interviewed on BBC Radio’s The Naked Scientists programme.

17 Oct 2021 comments in The Mail on Sunday article ‘Third of WHO’s team members investigating Covid’s origins have conflict of interest due to research links or old statements.’

27 Sept 2021 comments in Financial Times article ‘Controversial virus research sparks political debate in US.’

25 Sept 2021 comments in The Telegraph article ‘Apocalypse now? Britain’s race against time to fight off multiple ‘Black Swan’ events.’

21 Sept 2021 comments in The Financial Times article ‘Bioterror: The dangers of garage scientists manipulating DNA.’

17 Sept 2021 comments in The Times article ‘Safety breaches investigated at the UK labs that deal with deadly viruses.’

3 Sept 2021 King’s College London press release ‘Call for strengthening controls on biological weapons through international treaty.’

31 Aug 2021 comments in Financial Times article ‘Bio-weapons experts call for tighter controls as Covid highlights risk’.

27 Aug 2021 research featured in The Guardian article ‘The US report into Covid’s origins is little use in averting another pandemic’.

25 Aug 2021 comments in Norwegian TV2 News article ‘Nå kommer koronarapporten–innholdet setter diplomatiet på prøve’.

22 August 2021 interviewed on Channel 4 documentary ‘Did Covid leak from a lab in China?’.

13 August 2021 comments in The Telegraph article ‘Hunt for the ‘smoking bat’ and how Wuhan lab leak theory shifted from conspiracy to credible’.

9 August 2021 research featured in Swiss Tages-Anzeiger interview ‘Wenn Viren aus dem Labor ausbrechen’.

24 July 2021 featured interview in Spanish La Vanguardia interview ‘La capacidad para desarrollar armas biológicas crecerá tras la pandemia’.

12 July 2021 featured interview in Le Monde interview ‘Il est indispensable de contrôler ce qui se passe dans les laboratoires de haute sécurité’.

10 July 2021 comments in Swedish Svenska Dagbladet article ‘Här lagras världens dödligaste virus’.

8 July 2021 comments in The BMJ article ‘The covid-19 lab leak hypothesis: Did the media fall victim to a misinformation campaign?’

1 July 2021 comments in Scientific American article ‘Artificial proteins never seen in the natural world are becoming new COVID vaccines and medicines’.

30 June 2021 research featured in Italian la Repubblica article ‘Dopo Wuhan i duppi sui laboratori di massima biosicurezza: solo un quarto risponde ai requisiti’.

29 June 2021 comments in MIT Technology Review article ‘Inside the risky bat-virus engineering that links America to Wuhan’.

21 June 2021 research featured in The Daily Mail  article ‘Three-quarters of the world’s 59 labs that handle deadly pathogens recieve poor scores for biosafety and security, report finds’.

20 June 2021 research featured in Spanish El Mundo article ‘La amenaza oculta de los laboratorios que custodian los virus más peligrosos para la humanidad’.

19 June 2021 comments in Business Insider article ‘Only a quarter of the 59 lbas that handle the world’s deadliest pathogens have top-level biosecurity, experts warn. They fear lax rules could lead to another pandemic.’

18 June 2021 comments in Australian Financial Review article ‘Conspiracy, cover-up or distraction: the lab leak theory is back’.

18 June 2021 comments in The Guardian article ‘In hunt for Covid’s origin, new studies point away from lab leak theory’.

12 June 2021 comments in Greek EPT News article ‘Εργαστήριο Γουχάν: Ειδικοί καταγγέλλουν μη τήρηση των επιπέδων ασφάλειας στην έρευνα του ertnews.gr’

11 June 2021 featured interview in The Wall Street Journal‘s Weekend Interview ‘A scientist who said no to Covid groupthink’.

9 June 2021 interviewed on BBC2 Newsnight. Repeated on BBC World News on 11 and 12 June 2021. 

8 June 2021 research featured in The American Spectator article ‘Laboratories like the Wuhan Institute of Virology are on the rise’.

5 June 2021 interviewed on BBC World Service for its ‘Newshour’ programme.

4 June 2021 comments in Financial Times article ‘Scientists fear future leaks as top-level labs proliferate.’

3 June 2021 comments in Vanity Fair article ‘The Lab-leak theory: Inside the fight to uncover Covid-19’s origins’.

31 May 2021 comments in The Independent article ‘Scientific community divided over Wuhan lab leak theories’.

30 May 2021 comments in Swedish Svenska Dagbladet article ‘Brittiska spioner: Möjligt med virusläcka från labb’.

29 May 2021 comments in The Economist article ‘Assessing the theory that covid-19 leaked from a Chinese lab’.

28 May 2021 comments in Popular Science article ‘Regardless of Covid-19’s origins, experts say it’s time to tighten up biosecurity lab protocols’.

28 May 2021 comments in The Sun article ‘Paying with fire: World’s most dangerous biolabs studying diseases with no cure revealed amid fear virus deadlier than Covid could leak’.

28 May 2021 comments in Swedish Svenska Dagbladet article ‘Risk för virusläckor vid labben: “Öka skyddet”‘.

27 May 2021 interviewed on the BBC News at Ten.

27 May 2021 comments in The New York Times article ‘Scientists don’t want to ignore the ‘Lab Leak’ theory, despite no new evidence.

26 May 2021 comments in The Washington Post article ‘The international community could flip the script on China’s lab investigation.’

24 May 2021 comments in Swedish Svenska Dagbladet article ‘Kan ha varit första klustret av viruset.’

18 May 2021 comments in The Bulletin article on ‘Disinformation Watch: How a Bulletin story about self-spreading vaccines was used in anti-vaxxer propaganda.’

5 May 2021 comments in Swedish Svenska Dagbladet article ‘Kväste teori om labbläcka — extremt egenintresse.’

25 Apr 2021 comments in The Mail on Sunday article ‘Worrying new clues about the origins of Covid: How scientists at Wuhan lab helped Chinese army in secret project to find animal viruses.’

14 Apr 2021 interviewed on The Economist Babbage podcast on ‘Origin story-where did SARS-CoV-2 come from?’

13 Apr 2021 comments in French Le Point article ‘Appel à une enquête complète sur les origines du Covid-19.’

12 Apr 2021 comments in Danish Zetland article ‘En dansker stod i spidsen, da 17 eksperter rejste til Wuhan for at finde pandeiens begyndelse.’

10 Apr 2021 comments in Swedish Svenska Dagbladet article ‘Gåtan i Wuhan: Kan viruset spåras till labbet?’

10 Apr 2021 comments in South China Morning Post article ‘Coronavirus origins: how unseen Wuhan research notes could hold the answers – and why lab-leak rumours refuse to die’

7 Apr 2021 Open Letter calling for a full investigation into the origins of Covid-19 published in the New York Times

2 Apr 2021 comments in Danish Zetland article ‘En rapport fra serumsinstituttet siger, corona kan komme fra et laboratorium.’

1 Apr 2021 comments in Nature News article ‘What’s next in the search for Covid’s origins’

31 Mar 2021 comments in France 24 article ‘La pandémie de Covid-19 et ses origines, une histoire à tiroirs’

31 Mar 2021 interviewed on Canadian CBC News Front Burner podcast ‘How, exactly did Covid-19 begin?’

29 Mar 2021 interviewed on Italian Rai3 Presa diretta investigation into ‘Sars-Cov-2 anatomia di un Complotto’.

26 Mar 2021 comments in Danish Zetland article ‘Slap corona ud fra et laboratorium? Det er for tidlig at afvise tidens mest kontroversielle teori.’

25 Mar 2021 comments in Newsweek article ‘Humans, not animals, likely took the Covid virus to Wuhan, contrary to China’s claims.’

19 Mar 2021 comments in Irish RTÉ article into ‘The origins of Covid-19: Bats, lab leak or frozen food?’

18 Mar 2021 interviewed on Irish RTÉ Prime Time investigation into ‘The origins of Covid-19: Bats, lab leak or frozen food?’

13 Mar 2021 interviewed on N1 Bosnia & Herzegovina.

11 Mar 2021 comments in Washington Post article ‘The world still hasn’t figures out how to regulate research into deadly viruses.’

11 Mar 2021 interviewed on NBC Nightly News.

6 Mar 2021 referred to in Financial Times article ‘Laboratory viruses pose ‘existential threat’, warns bioweapons expert.’

5 Mar 2021 comments in Radio Free Asia article ‘Open letter from scientists from many countries question virus investigation.’

4 Mar 2021 comments in New York Times article ‘Some scientists question WHO inquiry into the coronavirus pandemic’s origins.’

4 Mar 2021 Open Letter calling for a full and unrestricted international forensic investigation into the pandemic origins published in the Wall Street Journal and Le Monde

14 Feb 2021 comments in The Mail on Sunday article ‘World experts condemn official probe as ‘a charade.’

13 Feb 2021 comments in Wired article ‘We need a global outbreak investigation team–now.’

11 Feb 2021 comments in Politico’s Global Pulse article ‘Will we ever know the truth about Covid’s origin?’

6 Feb 2021 referred to in The Telegraph article ‘Did the Covid-19 virus really escape from a Wuhan lab?’

27 Jan 2021 comments in Forbes article ‘IARPA’s bioweapons detection tools have difficulty finding what they’re not looking for.’

26 Jan 2021 interviewed on NBC Nightly News.

15 Jan 2021 comments in The Wall Street Journal article ‘The world needs a real investigation into the origins of Covid-19.’

26 Dec 2020 comments in Chilean La Tercera article ‘Vacunas: El desafío logístico y de seguridad tras su distribusión.’

21 Dec 2020 comments in Chilean La Tercera article ‘Reino Unido y la nueva cepa del Covid-19: ¿Es realmente “el enfermo” de Europa?.’

20 November 2020 comments in Inter Press Service (IPS) news article on ‘A potential weapon kills over 1.5 million worldwide – without a single shot being fired.’

16 October 2020 King’s College London press release “Act now to control emerging biological threats, Dr Filippa Lentzos tells United Nations General Assembly.”

19 September 2020 interviewed on Ukraine TV network ZIK documentaryAmerican biolabs in Ukraine.’

5 August 2020 comments in OneZero article ‘How do we know if a virus is bioengineered?’

18 July 2020 comments in Spanish La Vanguardia article ‘Los centros secretos de la biotechnología.’

9 June 2020 comments in Tortoise article ‘The Wuhan Lab: How America fuelled a conspiracy theory.’

27 May 2020 comments in Der Spiegel article ‘Wie sicher ist die Virenforschung?’

20 May 2020 interviewed on Swiss SRF1 radio for its ‘Echo der Zeit’ program.

19 May 2020 comments in The Intercept article ‘In its zeal to blame China for coronavirus, the Trump administration is thwarting investigations into the pandemic’s origins’

19 May 2020 comments in Chilean La Tercera article ‘OMS promete investigatción independiente sobre el coronavirus y Trump la acusa de ser ‘marioneta de China.’

11 May 2020 interviewed on Deutsche Welle news report COVID-19 Special.

11 May 2020 interviewed on Channel 4 video Explained: What is the Wuhan lab coronavirus theory?

8 May 2020 interviewed on Swedish Sveriges Radio 1 Propagandakriget

8 May 2020 interviewed on RTV Slovenia.

4 May 2020 interviewed on Channel 4 News.

30 April 2020 comments in The Economist article on ‘The pieces of the puzzle of covid-19’s origin are coming to light.’

28 April 2020 comments in South China Morning Post article on ‘Wuhan lab coronavirus conspiracy theories shine spotlight on super-secure facilities.’

22 April 2020 interviewed on NBC Nightly News.

22 April 2020 featured in The Australian article on ‘Biological warfare worst-case scenario.’

21 April 2020 comments in South China Morning Post article on ‘Coronavirus: The Wuhan lab conspiracy theory that will not go away.’

21 April 2020 comments in Voice of America article on ‘Chinese lab with checkered safety record draws scrutiny over covid-19.’

17 April 2020 comments in Agence France-Presse article on ‘The Wuhan lab at the core of a virus controversy.’

17 April 2020 comments in Portuguese Publico article on ‘EUA estudam hipótese de fuga acidental do vírus de um laboratório em Wuhan’

17 April 2020 interviewed on Sky News.

16 April 2020 comments in BBC News article on ‘Coronavirus: Is there any evidence for lab release theory?’

20 March 2020 comments in Inter Press Service (IPS) news article on ‘Could the Coronavirus be a biological weapon in the not-too-distant future?’

19 March 2020 comments in The Bulletin article on ‘Hot zone in the heartland?’

18 March 2020 comments in The New Yorker article on ‘The risks of building too many bio labs.’

13 March 2020 comments in The Bulletin article on ‘Why do politicians keep breathing life into the false conspiracy theory that the coronavirus is a bioweapon?’

7 February 2020 interview on Swedish Sveriges Radio P3 programme Dystopia on ‘Coronavirus 2019-nCoV’

30 January 2020  comments in The Bulletin article on ‘Fake news epidemic: Coronoavirus breeds hate and disinformation in India and beyond.’

17 January 2020 interview on the Geneva Centre for Security Policy podcast series on international peace and security.

January 2020 comments in Friends of Europe’s 2019 Debating Security Plus report on the changing nature of warfare and its implications for global thinking on peace, security and defence.

21 December 2019 comments in The Mercury News article on ‘Lethal flu strains, dirty radiation bombs-can humans survive? Bay Area scientists search for key to make us more resistant to killer viruses and radiation’

4 December 2019 interviewed on German, Austrian and Swiss 3sat documentary ‘Gentechnik: Insekten als Viren-Taxi’ (from 4:06 min)

3 December 2019 comments in Norwegian Klassekampen article on ‘Biovåpen – en taus trussel’

19 September 2019 comments in The Telegraph article on ‘Russian lab blast: smallpox facility passed WHO biosecurity inspection in January’

15 September 2019 interviewed for ABC Science Friction programme “From bioterror to bioterror – should we worry about synthetic biology? Podcast Part 1, Podcast Part 2

27 March 2019 featured on Swedish Sveriges Radio P3 programme Dystopia ‘Det levande vapnet’

15 March 2019 research featured in Deutsche Welle article on ‘Sind Killerroboter & Co. noch kontrollierbar?’

15 March 2019 featured in Heute Journal on German TV ZDF news coverage (from 12:39 min)

15 March 2019 featured in Russian Deutsche Welle news coverage (from 2:20 min)

15 March 2019 research featured in Army Technology article ‘Digital disruption poses risk to biological weapons control’

14 Nov 2018 interviewed on key Georgian television channels including Rustavi 2 and Imedi TV

4 Oct 2018 comments in The Atlantic article ‘A controversial virus study reveals a critical flaw in how science is done’

19 June 2018 comments in MIT Technology Review article ‘US military wants to know what synthetic-biology weapons could look like’

31 May 2018 comments in Vox article ‘A genetically modified organism could end malaria and save millions of lives — if we decide to use it’

8 March 2018 comments in Finnish Aamulehti article on Skripal poisoning

8 March 2018 comments in local Finnish Turun Sanomat article on Skripal poisoning 

19 Jan 2018 comments in Der Spiegel article ‘Warum Forscher künstliche Monsterviren erschaffen.’

December 2017 comments in Der Spiegel Wissen article on ‘Pandoras Petrischale’

11 Dec 2017 comments in Spektrum der Wissenschaft (German edition of ‘Scientific American’) article on ‘Eine Waffe gegen Malaria’

3 Nov 2017 research featured in Italian la Repubblica article

2 Nov 2017 comments in Sputnik News article on ‘How Russia is helping others prevent epidemics and bioweapon attacks’

17 Sept 2017 comments in International Business Times article on ‘Terrorists, rogue nations could easily access dangerous biological research’

15 Sept 2017 comments in New Scientist article on ‘It’s too easy for bioterrorists to access dangerous research’

1 Sept 2017 comments in The Irish Times article on ‘What’s that crawling out of the lab?’

20 April 2017 comments in Newsweek article on ‘Bioterror attack could kill millions, warns Bill Gates’

25 February 2017 featured in local Norwegian Lister article titled ‘Forsker på bruk av biologi som våpen’

20 February 2017 interviewed in German Federal Ministry of Defense journal Wehrmedizinische Monatsschrift in a special issue on ‘Herausforderung ‘Biosicherheit & Gesundheitsschutz’

9 Sept 2016 interviewed in German journal Management & Krankenhaus in an article titled ‘Biologische Bedrohung: Dual-Use-Potential von Infektionserregern’

28 June 2016 featured on BBC4 documentary ‘Inside Porton Down: Britain’s Secret Weapons Research Facility’

24 June 2016 featured in The Telegraph as ‘STEM career hero of the month

17 March 2016 comments in The Metro article ‘Rat race to find a sixth sense.’

16 March 2016 comments in New Scientist article on dual use neuroscience.

13 March 2016 interviewed on BBC World Service’s The Science Hour

11 March 2016 comments in International Business Times article ‘Banned research on deadly diseases MERS, bird flu and SARS could be making a comeback.’

10 March 2016 interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Inside Science programme.

9 March 2016 comments in The Guardian article ‘Ban on most hazardous virus experiments could be lifted after meeting this week.’

6 March 2016 interviewed on The Naked Scientists podcast on engineering super flu.

6 March 2016 interview on BBC Radio Cambridge’s The Naked Scientists A-Zika of viruses: Preventing pandemics; repeated on Radio National ABC Australia 11 March 2016 and Radio 5 live on 12 March 2016.

March 2016 comments in Defence Procurement International feature on Biology As A Weapon.

28 January 2016 interviewed in the Evening Standard speaking about career paths for women in science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM).

12 January 2016 featured in The Guardian 2016 postgrad supplement.

3 September 2015 comments in Daily Star article ‘Black Death is back: Global outbreak of the Plague could hit Britain’

21 May 2015 Nature correspondence on the need for robust, broad and deep public engagement with policy on mutational technologies like gene editing and gain-of-function.

26 April 2015 authored The Guardian commentary ‘Can we trust scientists’ self-control?’.

21 February 2015 comments in The Guardian article ‘Top-secret military warning on Ebola biological weapon terror threat’.

12 January 2015 interviewed on The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcast about the security risks of synthetic biology.

9 December 2014 interview on Wilton Park podcast about the science, opportunities and risk of synthetic biology.

30 November 2014  interview on Radio New Zealand about biological weapons and the Biological Weapons Convention:

21 March 2014 comments in Wired article ‘Information poses bigger bioterrorism threat than microbes’