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Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research

By Jef Akst | October 21, 2014

In the wake of a handful of biosafety lapses at federal research facilities, the US government is temporarily halting funding for new studies aiming to give novel functions to influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.


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Dangerous Research Regs Released

By Jef Akst | September 25, 2014

The US government releases its policy on so-called dual-use research involving dangerous pathogens that could be used for biological terrorist attacks.


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Special Review for H5N1 Grants?

By Jef Akst | December 4, 2012

The National Institutes of Health reveals a controversial plan to regulate the funding of H5N1 research.


Deliberating Over Danger

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2012

The creation of H5N1 bird flu strains that are transmissible between mammals has thrown the scientific community into a heated debate about whether such research should be allowed and how it should be regulated.


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Risky Research Review

By Jef Akst | March 30, 2012

A new policy will require federal agencies to perform a careful review of research involving 15 pathogens and toxins that could be used for bioterrorism, including H5N1.


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Bird Flu Paper Publication Delayed

By Jef Akst | February 17, 2012

The World Health Organization announced today that it recommends publishing the two controversial H5N1 papers in full, as soon as a few details are worked out. And Science is listening.


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