Dual-Use Research

Recent News

Jun 20, 2018
Mystery pathogen

New report spotlights top synthetic biology threats

Re-creating known pathogenic viruses and making existing bacteria more dangerous are among the top threats.

Jan 23, 2018
High-tech lab worker

Step-by-step horsepox study stokes dual-use controversy

Some experts say that offering a manual for re-creating an orthopoxvirus is inherently dangerous.

Dec 19, 2017
Ebola virus

Feds lift gain-of-function research pause, offer guidance

Researchers are relieved to resume experiments, but some public health questions remain.

Oct 19, 2017
Ferret

Study details pandemic potential of latest H7N9 flu strains

In a sample from a patient who died, researchers saw signs that the H7N9 virus had started to mutate to a form resistant to Tamiflu.

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

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Esvelt KM. Inoculating science against potential pandemics and information hazards. PLoS Pathog 2018 (published online Oct 4)

Evans NG. Ethical and philosophical considerations for gain-of-function policy: the importance of alternate experiments. (Commentary) Front Bioeng Biotechnol 2018 Feb 8

Inglesby T. Horsepox and the need for a new norm, more transparency, and stronger oversight for experiments that pose pandemic risks. PLoS Pathog 2018 (published online Oct 4

Noyce RS, Evans DH. Synthetic horsepox viruses and the continuing debate about dual use research. PLoS Pathog 2018 (published online Oct 4)

Thiel V. Synthetic viruses—anything new? PLoS Pathog 2018 (published online Oct 4)

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