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Mishandling of lab material that may have contained live virus follows other CDC safety lapses earlier in the year.
The new policy, which calls on scientists to flag their own experiments as DURC, was met with mixed reviews.
In its report on flu sample cross-contamination today, the CDC detailed departures from best practices and reporting delays.
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 hearing revealed systemic problems and worries about the safety culture of lab workers.
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.
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