DRASTIC is an independent team of scientists, analysts and sleuths who have come together to investigate the origins of Covid-19.
Many of its members opt to remain anonymous to protect themselves from possible reprisals and so they can carry out the potentially controversial research without impacting their careers.
It is said to include specialists in engineering, mathematics, biology, open source intelligence and data – and was brought together via Twitter.
Over one year on questions still loom over the origins of Covid, in what is becoming an increasingly political fight amid questions of bias on both sides.
Gilles Demaneuf, a data scientist, from New Zealand, told The Sun Online: “As nobody else was researching SARS-CoV-2 in such a way, especially back in early 2020, we basically did it ourselves.
“We are science-based and do not bend to any pressure.”
“We are not hierarchical, we challenge each other regularly and can be irreverent at times, especially with scientists who for some reason seem particularly certain about a specific origin but cannot line up proper arguments.”
And while he admits their work can only go so far using the tools at their disposal, it is hoped their efforts can shine a light on the real origins of Covid-19.
Follow their work on: http://drasticresearch.org