Dual-Use Research

Recent News

Sep 07, 2017

Avian Flu Scan for Sep 07, 2017

Lab-created H5N8-H5N1 virus
H7N9 fifth-wave features
Bird outbreaks in Taiwan, Italy
Jul 07, 2017
Smallpox

Canadian group creates poxvirus, prompting dual-use discussion

Though the technology isn't likely within reach of do-it-yourselfers, it could already be in use by rogue governments, experts say.

Apr 07, 2017

News Scan for Apr 07, 2017

H9N2 altered in pigs
H7N9 cases in China
US flu decline
Yellow fever vaccine
HPV prevalence
Jan 10, 2017

News Scan for Jan 10, 2017

Trump taps anti-vaxxer
DURC recommendations
Saudi MERS cases
MCR-1 in pigs
Flu in Northern Hemisphere
Madagascar plague
Jun 01, 2016
Biosafety PPE

NSABB finalizes GOF guidance; White House to weigh in

The group voted unanimously on policy regarding avian flu and other viruses.

May 10, 2016

News Scan for May 10, 2016

Gain-of-function research policy
New chikungunya cases
MDR-TB treatment
Mar 08, 2016
Influenza researcher

COMMENTARY: Six policy options for conducting gain-of-function research

Experts offer approaches for moving the GOF conundrum forward that are not mutually exclusive, such as lifting the moratorium, seeking international consensus, and establishing a review board.

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.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Drew TW, Mueller-Doblies UU. Dual use issues in research — a subject of increasing concern? Vaccine 2017 (published online Aug 20)

Koblentz GD. The de novo synthesis of horsepox virus: implications for biosecurity and recommendations for preventing the reemergence of smallpox. Health Secur 2017 (published online Aug 24)

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dual use research of concern in the life sciences: current issues and controversies. Sep 14, 2017

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Recommended policy guidance for potential pandemic pathogen care and oversight. Jan 9, 2017

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