Professor Bing Liu of the University of Pittsburgh who was on the verge of a breakthrough in scientific understanding of the new coronavirus has been shot dead. He was found in his townhouse with gunshot wounds to the head, neck, torso and extremities. Professor Bing Liu’s assassination follows yet another Coronavirus related death of a Canadian scientist Frank Plummer who was working on Coronavirus (HIV) vaccine.
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The University of Pittsburgh said Bing Liu, a 37-year-old research assistant professor at its computational and systems biology department, had been “on the verge of making very significant findings” into the virus before his death from multiple gunshot wounds.
Investigators believe an unidentified second man, who was found dead in his car, shot and killed Liu in his home before returning to his car and taking his own life.
Police believe the men knew each other, but say there is “zero indication that there was targeting due to his (Liu) being Chinese,” according to Detective Sgt. Brian Kohlhepp.
“Bing was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications,” his colleagues at the university’s Department of Computational and Systems Biology said in a statement.
According to local newspaper Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , Liu was at his home in western Pennsylvania at around noon on Saturday when he was shot by Hao Gu, 46, who then killed himself. The two men were believed to have known each other, but the exact nature of their local relationship was unclear. Local police did not comment on a motive.
Liu was a leader of the university’s Bahar Lab research into the immune system, modelling complex processes such as responses to radiation, radiation therapy and immune signalling.
Liu had been part of a team modelling various biological systems in a bid to understand the cellular mechanisms of the new coronavirus, as well as the cellular basis of health complications found in Covid-19 patients.
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According to his online resume, before joining the university in 2014 he worked with Edmund Clarke, winner of the prestigious Turing Award in computer science, as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University.
Liu earned his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in computer science at the National University of Singapore. He co-authored more than 30 papers and reports, and wrote a book on the computational modelling of biological pathways in 2012.
His latest work, published on April 26, included a model framework for analysing systems biology models to better understand how diseases work, including for cardiac disorders, radiation diseases, and prostate cancer.
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Liu is the latest researcher working on COVID-19 to have been found dead in mysterious circumstances. Earlier, renowned scientist Frank Plummer who was working on Coronavirus (HIV) vaccine was found dead in mysteriously in Nairobi, Africa. It was under Plummer, the Chinese biowarfare spy Xiangguo Qiu and her team smuggled deadly coronaviruses from the Canadian lab to Wuhan Institute of Virology. Plummer ended up dead a week after GreatGameIndia‘s report was published.
Another scientist who is key to the COVID-19 investigation is Dutch scientist Ron Fouchier. Fouchier was the one who isolated the SARS Coronavirus smuggled out of Saudi Arabia which was sent to Plummer in Winnipeg. Fouchier created world’s deadliest virus strain and his research sparked a global controversy to de-fund and shutdown such experiments. Experts have raised concerns legally that such experiments could not only lead to a global pandemic but could also lead to bio-terrorism.
Dutch Virologist Ron Fouchier is controversial figure Viroscience field who created world’s deadliest virus strain whose research sparked global controversy to shutdown such experiments. He smuggled Coronavirus out of Saudi Arabia & sent to Frank Plummer.https://t.co/KCCEAYIZQY
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Another one is Dr. Charles Lieber, a nano-scientist at Harvard University. He was recently charged by the American authorities for secretly being a Chinese agent. However, there is a mystery surrounding the nature of his work. It is said he was recruited for advanced research into nanowire-batteries. But investigation by GreatGameIndia has shown that Lieber was infact working on virus transmitters that could penetrate cell membranes without affecting the intercellular functions and even measure activities inside heart cells and muscle fibers.
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