News & Perspective

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 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.

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.

Jun 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015
Clostridium botulinum colony

Study: Novel botulinum toxin less dangerous than thought

A new botulinum toxin can be blocked using available antitoxins, a new study says.

Dec 15, 2014

Dec 15, 2014
Biohazard

Experts debate research pause, gain-of-function issues

One mBio editorial defends federal pause, while another calls its language too vague.

Oct 10, 2013

Oct 10, 2013
Clostridium botulinum

Scientists find new botulinum toxin, withhold genetic details

Discovery of the first new botulinum toxin in 40 years is coupled with withholding key data for security reasons.

Aug 14, 2013

Aug 14, 2013
H5N1 color electron micro

Study: Technique adds 'kill switch' to modified flu viruses

A new molecular strategy could diffuse some of the controversy over lab-modified flu viruses.

May 02, 2013

May 02, 2013

Study: Lab-made H5N1-H1N1 viruses spread in guinea pigs

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese scientists report that lab-generated hybrid viruses combining genes from avian H5N1 and pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza viruses can achieve airborne spread between guinea pigs, a finding that seems likely to renew the debate about the risks of creating novel viruses that might be able to spark a human pandemic.

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