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High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.
The next step in the deliberations is a 2-day National Academies of Science symposium in March.
Some topics: weighing risks and benefits, ethical issues, and global involvement.
The analysis is a key part of a federal review of controversial studies on H5N1 and other pathogens.
The plan includes ways to improve safety and security at US labs that conduct infectious disease research.
Recommendations include executive-level management that spells out a national plan, pulls together a policy council, and unifies the biodefense budget.
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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