News & Perspective

Jul 16, 2014

Jul 16, 2014
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD

NSABB chief says board's idling due to slow fed policy work

The NSABB chair says delays in developing a DURC policy have been to blame.

Jul 15, 2014

Jul 15, 2014
National Institutes of Health building

Wholesale roster change coming for US biosecurity board

Almost half of the board's voting members learned they will soon be replaced.

Jul 15, 2014
People at meeting

Experts call for risk-benefit talks on lab-modified pathogens

Their consensus statement calls for better tools to weigh risks and benefits.

Jul 11, 2014

Jul 11, 2014
BSL-4 lab worker

More problems shutter CDC labs, prompt review

In addition to recent problems with anthrax and smallpox, high-path avian flu has now entered the mix.

Jul 03, 2014

Jul 03, 2014
Biohazard container

Controversy simmers over GOF flu research in Wisconsin

UW calls a recent UK newspaper story biased and largely wrong.

Jun 30, 2014

Jun 30, 2014
University Research Park

Kawaoka GOF studies criticized by Wisconsin biosafety panelist

Thomas Jeffries, PhD, said the studies increase, rather than lower, the risk of a pandemic.

Jun 26, 2014

Jun 26, 2014

News Scan for Jun 26, 2014

Chikungunya in Suriname
Anthrax scare and GOF studies

Jun 19, 2014

Jun 19, 2014
Bacillus anthracis, the anthrax bacterium

CDC probes anthrax exposure at its research labs

The CDC is monitoring and providing antibiotics to about 75 staffers over Bacillus anthracis concerns.

Jun 19, 2014
Influenza virus

COMMENTARY: The case against 'gain-of-function' experiments: A reply to Fouchier & Kawaoka

Is there a unique public health benefit of gain-of-function studies, unachievable by safer means, that outweighs their risk?

May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014
BSL-3 lab

Experts call for alternatives to 'gain-of-function' flu studies

The debate over experiments that increase avian flu virus transmissibility heats up.

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