The dangers are the same as when concerns about these experiments first arose. Scientists are proposing to make some of world’s most deadly pathogens. e,g. H5N1, H7N9, easier to spread by air, and it seems that the work has been approved and is funded.
Keeping the deliberations secret to preserve trade secrets for the top groups in the world in flu is crazy. By default we breach confidentiality when human life is at risk, eg doctor-patient and transparency of FDA filings.
Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 years.
Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume
The moratorium lifts...
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume
One of the projects has already received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and will start in a few weeks; the other is awaiting funding.
's scoop earlier this month prompts this Washington Post op-ed today: Opinion | The U.S. is funding dangerous experiments it doesn’t want you to know about
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial experiments that make bird flu more risky poised to resume
's has learned that last year, a U.S. government review panel quietly approved experiments...previously considered so dangerous that US officials had imposed an unusual top-down moratorium on such research.
I worry about gain of function research as much as nuclear war or climate change. It’s just very easy to imagine hundreds of millions or billions of people dying from a GOF-created pandemic — and dying very very fast.
Truly bad idea: NIH just approved new "gain of function" research on bird flu, which aims to make it *more* virulent. There is no reason to do this; we can answer the same questions with far safer methods, as many flu experts have pointed out
"Now, the HHS committee has approved the same work in the Kawaoka and Fouchier labs that set off the furor 8 years ago."
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume
Scoop by : A U.S. government review panel has quietly approved two flu experiments that were previously considered so dangerous that they warranted a research moratorium.
"Details regarding the decision to approve and fund this work should be made transparent” Are they for all non-flu virus gain of function/mutation work? EXCLUSIVE: Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume
Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume U.S. government review panel approved experiments that were previously considered so dangerous that officials had imposed an unusual top-down moratorium on such research.