A U.S.-based group that conducts bat coronavirus research in China was asked Friday to provide a House committee with information on virus samples and safety protocols at a Wuhan lab.

The group, the EcoHealth Alliance, has received funding from the National Institutes of Health for coronavirus research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), which is central in speculation that COVID-19 may have leaked accidentally from a lab. (RELATED: Here’s Why The Lab Leak Theory Shouldn’t Be Dismissed)

EcoHealth Alliance “has an extensive history with research into bat coronaviruses in China, some of which are presumed progenitors of SARS CoV-2,” according to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce letter.

The letter is signed by ranking member Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state and the Republican leaders of two subcommittees.

This photo taken on August 6, 2020 shows an aerial view of the new Wuhan hospital that was built to care for patients affected by COVID-19 in Wuhan. - The city's convalescence since a 76-day quarantine was lifted in April has brought life and gridlocked traffic back onto its streets, even as residents struggle to find their feet again. Long lines of customers now stretch outside breakfast stands, a far cry from the terrified crowds who queued at city hospitals in the first weeks after a city-wide lockdown was imposed in late January to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. (Photo by Hector RETAMAL / AFP) (Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

This photo taken on August 6, 2020 shows an aerial view of the new Wuhan hospital that was built to care for patients affected by COVID-19 in Wuhan. – The city’s convalescence since a 76-day quarantine was lifted in April has brought life and gridlocked traffic back onto its streets, even as residents struggle to find their feet again. Long lines of customers now stretch outside breakfast stands, a far cry from the terrified crowds who queued at city hospitals in the first weeks after a city-wide lockdown was imposed in late January to curb the spread of the

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