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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Moratorium on Infectious Disease Research - What's the US Doing?

"The Obama administration announced the moratorium on Oct 17 to assess the risks and benefits of federally funded GOF research involving influenza, MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome), and SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) viruses and to develop federal policies. The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) is playing a lead role in the review, which is expected to last almost a year. On Nov 25 the NSABB expressed concerns over the pause."

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See also:
Dec 12 mBio CDC commentary
Oct 17 CIDRAP News scan on GOF pause
Nov 25 CIDRAP News scan on NSABB meeting