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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.

Sep 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016
Petri dish in lab

GAO finds 11 more breaches at high-security labs

The most common pathogens not properly inactivated were Bacillus anthracis and Francisella tularensis.

Jul 01, 2016

Jul 01, 2016
Lab workers

Federal report discloses incidents in high-containment labs

Document from Federal Select Agent Program aims at public transparency on lab work involving potentially dangerous pathogens.

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.

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 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 30, 2015

Oct 30, 2015
High-containment lab

White House releases detailed lab biosafety plan

The plan includes ways to improve safety and security at US labs that conduct infectious disease research.

Oct 29, 2015

Oct 29, 2015

Panel report recommends blueprint for fixing biodefense gaps

Recommendations include executive-level management that spells out a national plan, pulls together a policy council, and unifies the biodefense budget.

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