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Jan 10, 2017

Jan 10, 2017

News Scan for Jan 10, 2017

Trump taps anti-vaxxer
DURC recommendations
Saudi MERS cases
MCR-1 in pigs
Flu in Northern Hemisphere
Madagascar plague

Jun 01, 2016

Jun 01, 2016
Biosafety PPE

NSABB finalizes GOF guidance; White House to weigh in

The group voted unanimously on policy regarding avian flu and other viruses.

Jan 08, 2016

Jan 08, 2016
BSL4

Gain-of-function debate focuses on clarity, global perspective

The next step in the deliberations is a 2-day National Academies of Science symposium in March. 

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 29, 2015

Oct 29, 2015

News Scan for Oct 29, 2015

Health plans and HPV vaccination
EU gain-of-function report
Fungal meningitis follow-up

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.

Jul 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015
BSL-3 lab

Feds propose adding H5N1 to HHS select agent list

The CDC proposes adding certain H5N1 viruses to HHS's select agent list; experts have varied reactions.

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.

Sep 25, 2014

Sep 25, 2014
1918 influenza virus

US policy pushes institutions to scrutinize dual-use research

The new policy, which calls on scientists to flag their own experiments as DURC, was met with mixed reviews.

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