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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.

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.

Mar 26, 2013

Mar 26, 2013

GAO report reiterates biolab oversight gaps

(CIDRAP News) – The United States still lacks a way to assess the need for high-containment laboratories and national standards for building and maintaining them, despite 2009 recommendations, according to a report yesterday from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Jan 23, 2013

Jan 23, 2013

Research moratorium on modified H5N1 viruses ends

(CIDRAP News) – A year-long voluntary moratorium on research involving transmissible H5N1 avian flu viruses ended today with a letter from a group of scientists that supports resuming the work in countries that have addressed the biosafety issues involved.

Dec 26, 2012

Dec 26, 2012

Experts differ on HHS select-agent proposal for H5N1

(CIDRAP News) – Some professional groups and scientists think it's a good idea to classify highly pathogenic avian (HPAI) H5N1 influenza viruses as "select agents" requiring special research precautions, while others say the step is unnecessary and would impede research, according to comments they have filed with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Dec 18, 2012

Dec 18, 2012

Experts at NIH meeting say H5N1 research moratorium may end soon

(CIDRAP News) – As a meeting to discuss issues related to federally funded H5N1 avian influenza research wrapped up today, experts anticipated that a voluntary moratorium on work with lab-modified strains that have increased transmissibility might end soon and said they sensed agreement about lab biosecurity levels.

Dec 17, 2012

Dec 17, 2012

H5N1 researchers question proposed HHS funding framework

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are in the midst of crafting a framework for funding H5N1 avian influenza gain-of-function studies, and today at a workshop they heard varied feedback from researchers, biosecurity experts, and others.

Jul 03, 2012

Jul 03, 2012

Biosafety experts comment on reported CDC lab problems

(CIDRAP News) – News reports about possible airflow problems at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) lab in Atlanta are fueling perceptions that the agency isn't following its own rules, but the reported conditions at the lab don't appear to have posed a public health threat, according to some expert observers.

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