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The new policy, which calls on scientists to flag their own experiments as DURC, was met with mixed reviews.
Two leading experts urge both sides in the debate to keep an open mind and to set up a conference.
Journal editors call for specific steps, while the ASM said it wants the NAS to weigh the risks and benefits.
The NSABB chair says delays in developing a DURC policy have been to blame.
Almost half of the board's voting members learned they will soon be replaced.
Their consensus statement calls for better tools to weigh risks and benefits.
In addition to recent problems with anthrax and smallpox, high-path avian flu has now entered the mix.
The CDC is monitoring and providing antibiotics to about 75 staffers over Bacillus anthracis concerns.
The debate over experiments that increase avian flu virus transmissibility heats up.
Dutch researchers say they've found five mutations that make H5N1 airborne transmissible in ferrets.
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