News & Perspective

Feb 12, 2019

Feb 12, 2019

News Scan for Feb 12, 2019

More Saudi MERS cases
Yellow fever in Brazil
Lassa fever in Guinea and Nigeria
Zika in Mexico
Gain-of-function H5N1 studies to resume

Dec 19, 2017

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

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.

Mar 08, 2016

Mar 08, 2016
Influenza researcher

COMMENTARY: Six policy options for conducting gain-of-function research

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.

Jan 07, 2016

Jan 07, 2016
Mutated virus

NSABB launches new phase of GOF research debate

Some topics: weighing risks and benefits, ethical issues, and global involvement.

Dec 11, 2015

Dec 11, 2015
Lab vials and syringes

GOF risk-benefit analysis unveiled ahead of NSABB debate

The analysis is a key part of a federal review of controversial studies on H5N1 and other pathogens.

Oct 02, 2015

Oct 02, 2015
Culturing cells in petri dish

Work continues on policies for 'gain of function' research

The NSABB plans to release final recommendations in spring 2016.

Apr 15, 2015

Apr 15, 2015

News Scan for Apr 15, 2015

Proposed DURC approach
Aerosol measles vaccine
Resistant foodborne microbes
H7N9 in China

Feb 25, 2015

Feb 25, 2015
BSL-3 lab worker

Experts air concerns about federal gain-of-function review

Two experts cite a perceived lack of public and global input, as well as potential conflict of interest.

Dec 18, 2014

Dec 18, 2014

News Scan for Dec 18, 2014

MERS GOF studies to resume
Avian flu in Germany, India
Compounding pharmacy charges
Shingles vaccine

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