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Though the technology isn't likely within reach of do-it-yourselfers, it could already be in use by rogue governments, experts say.
The group voted unanimously on policy regarding avian flu and other viruses.
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.
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.
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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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