Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Jan 08, 2016
BSL4

Gain-of-function debate focuses on clarity, global perspective

The next step in the deliberations is a 2-day National Academies of Science symposium in March. 

Jan 07, 2016
Mutated virus

NSABB launches new phase of GOF research debate

Some topics: weighing risks and benefits, ethical issues, and global involvement.

Dec 11, 2015
Lab vials and syringes

GOF risk-benefit analysis unveiled ahead of NSABB debate

The analysis is a key part of a federal review of controversial studies on H5N1 and other pathogens.

Dec 09, 2015

News Scan for Dec 09, 2015

CDC lab regulator out
Antimicrobial overuse
Global STI incidence
Nov 23, 2015

News Scan for Nov 23, 2015

BioWatch capabilities
Flu vaccine protection
More chikungunya cases
Malaria funding
Cholera in Iraq
Oct 30, 2015
High-containment lab

White House releases detailed lab biosafety plan

The plan includes ways to improve safety and security at US labs that conduct infectious disease research.

Oct 29, 2015

Panel report recommends blueprint for fixing biodefense gaps

Recommendations include executive-level management that spells out a national plan, pulls together a policy council, and unifies the biodefense budget.

Oct 29, 2015

News Scan for Oct 29, 2015

Health plans and HPV vaccination
EU gain-of-function report
Fungal meningitis follow-up
Oct 02, 2015
Culturing cells in petri dish

Work continues on policies for 'gain of function' research

The NSABB plans to release final recommendations in spring 2016.

Sep 24, 2015

News Scan for Sep 24, 2015

FDA lab safety hire
Global rubella progress
Traits of influenza B

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Imperiale MJ, Casadevall A. A new synthesis for dual use research of concern. PLoS Med 2015 Apr 14;12(4):e1001813

Rozell DJ. Assessing and managing the risks of potential pandemic pathogen research. (Letter) mBio 2015 Jul 21;6(4):e01075-15

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