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Researchers are relieved to resume experiments, but some public health questions remain.
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.
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.
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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