In the wake of CRISPR babies, there is an urgent need to better regulate and debate whether, when and how related research should be done.
A newly expanded genetic alphabet that includes four synthetic nucleotides highlights the need for strict boundaries on their use.
The federal government has a short list of regulated organisms. But the government’s ban focuses on the organisms themselves, rather than the genetic instructions for making them. Because the government has not published those sequences, the companies must decide for themselves whether a mail order request is potentially dangerous.
This paper offers an analytical framework is used to assess the risks and benefits of such dual use research, and relevant components of biosecurity policy and the biodefense enterprise (including the acquisition of medical countermeasures) in the United States are discussed.
Advances in the field of biotechnology and synthetic biology are becoming increasingly accessible to actors wishing to do harm, while scientists and policymakers have become increasingly aware that the current regulatory framework may not be adequate.
Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses in ways that could make them riskier to humans will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 years.
Panjab University (PU) and Sandia National Laboratories will set up one-of-a-kind Biorisk Management Center at PU. The center will train researchers from various parts of the country on the biosafety and biosecurity aspects of research being carried out in various life sciences disciplines.
Homeland Preparedness News recently interviewed Connell about her goals for the National Institutes of Health’s National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) and her current research into Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs).
The Mexican General Health Law establishes that medical investigations and research are subject to sanitary regulation by the health authorities. The General Health Law Regulations in Health Investigation Matters establish that 'investigations involving humans' include all types of research involving pharmaceutical products, medical devices, medical processes and all other data collection relating to human health.