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Jul 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017
Old smallpox vaccine

Panel's smallpox sample probe yields policy recommendations, lingering questions

Panel finds overall response was thorough, but notes policy gaps and some missteps after the samples were found.

Feb 28, 2017

Feb 28, 2017

News Scan for Feb 28, 2017

Zika study rejected
Asymptomatic Ebola
MERS cases
CEPI names CEO
Biosecurity lab in China

Dec 08, 2016

Dec 08, 2016

News Scan for Dec 08, 2016

Illinois Elizabethkingia probe
Mumps in highly vaccinated group
Lab security threats from insiders
Drug-resistant TB meningitis

Apr 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
Biosafety lab

GAO: Many US agencies have gaps in lab safety policies

High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.

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.

Jun 05, 2015

Jun 05, 2015

News Scan for Jun 05, 2015

Five Saudi MERS cases
NIH pharmacy lapses
Drug-resistant Shigella
Zika virus in Americas
Call for better lab biosecurity

May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015

News Scan for May 20, 2015

Global malaria goals
Handling of lab pathogens
New strain of rabies
Fungal meningitis payment

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.

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