The U.S. Department of Education has demanded information about the University of Texas Medical Branch’s financial connections with a biocontainment laboratory in Wuhan, China, and other Chinese companies.

The department’s demand, made to the University of Texas System’s chancellor, appears connected to a larger federal investigation into the origins of the coronavirus and whether the pandemic can be connected to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

In a statement, the University of Texas System and the medical branch denied receiving financial support from other global scientific laboratories.

The education department’s letter was first reported Friday by The Wall Street Journal.

The Galveston National Laboratory has a years-long relationship with the Wuhan lab. The Galveston lab consulted with Chinese officials on safety measures at the laboratory

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