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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.
The NSABB plans to release final recommendations in spring 2016.
Two experts cite a perceived lack of public and global input, as well as potential conflict of interest.
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