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dual-use research

Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2014 | 2 min read
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.
Dangerous Research Regs Released
Jef Akst | Sep 25, 2014 | 2 min read
The US government releases its policy on so-called dual-use research involving dangerous pathogens that could be used for biological terrorist attacks.
Special Review for H5N1 Grants?
Jef Akst | Dec 4, 2012 | 2 min read
The National Institutes of Health reveals a controversial plan to regulate the funding of H5N1 research.
Deliberating Over Danger
The Scientist | Apr 1, 2012 | 10+ min read
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.
Risky Research Review
Jef Akst | Mar 30, 2012 | 2 min read
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.
Bird Flu Paper Publication Delayed
Jef Akst | Feb 17, 2012 | 3 min read
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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