News & Perspective

Sep 25, 2014

Sep 25, 2014
1918 influenza virus

US policy pushes institutions to scrutinize dual-use research

The new policy, which calls on scientists to flag their own experiments as DURC, was met with mixed reviews.

Aug 05, 2014

Aug 05, 2014
Entrace to Asilomar conference center

Experts urge gain-of-function sides to seek common ground

Two leading experts urge both sides in the debate to keep an open mind and to set up a conference.

Jul 31, 2014

Jul 31, 2014
Lab biocontainment in 1978

More voices call for action on lab biosafety

Journal editors call for specific steps, while the ASM said it wants the NAS to weigh the risks and benefits.

Jul 16, 2014

Jul 16, 2014
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD

NSABB chief says board's idling due to slow fed policy work

The NSABB chair says delays in developing a DURC policy have been to blame.

Jul 15, 2014

Jul 15, 2014
National Institutes of Health building

Wholesale roster change coming for US biosecurity board

Almost half of the board's voting members learned they will soon be replaced.

Jul 15, 2014
People at meeting

Experts call for risk-benefit talks on lab-modified pathogens

Their consensus statement calls for better tools to weigh risks and benefits.

Jul 11, 2014

Jul 11, 2014
BSL-4 lab worker

More problems shutter CDC labs, prompt review

In addition to recent problems with anthrax and smallpox, high-path avian flu has now entered the mix.

Jun 19, 2014

Jun 19, 2014
Bacillus anthracis, the anthrax bacterium

CDC probes anthrax exposure at its research labs

The CDC is monitoring and providing antibiotics to about 75 staffers over Bacillus anthracis concerns.

May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014
BSL-3 lab

Experts call for alternatives to 'gain-of-function' flu studies

The debate over experiments that increase avian flu virus transmissibility heats up.

Apr 14, 2014

Apr 14, 2014
Influenza virion

Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread

Dutch researchers say they've found five mutations that make H5N1 airborne transmissible in ferrets.

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