The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved reopening and partial operations of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) lead laboratory for medical biological defense research. Over the summer, research was put on hold at the USAMRIID’s Fort Detrick, MD., location following a federal government-ordered shutdown that prompted a major reset of the institute’s biosafety program.
Experts from nine Central African nations met to advance biosafety and biosecurity in the region. Participants agreed to set biosecurity and biosafety capacity building goals for the region and track progress.
Biohackers seeking to free science and scientific achievement from the ivory tower have come to realize that they may have to borrow from its conventions.
The US Department of Defense (DoD) Office of the Inspector General is conducting a Follow-Up Evaluation of DoD Biological Select Agents and Toxins (BSAT) Biorisk Program Office implementation of recommendations from the April 2016 “Evaluation of DoD Biological Safety and Security Implementation.“
Individual scientists and scientific societies have called for a moratorium on heritable genome editing in humans, but a moratorium raises the question of when does the moratorium end.
China had regulations against germline editing when the scientist edited two female embryos genes using CRISPR to make them (theoretically) resistant to HIV infection.
The biotechnology safety regulations focus on preventing bioterrorism, activities that violate ethics, along with avoiding biosafety hazards.
This report providees researchers and government officials with an understanding of how ethics are created, monitored, and enforced across scientific disciplines and across borders.
While biosecurity experts critically examine the funding sources of biological research, they rarely turn their gaze inward on their own community.
A World Health Organization (WHO) advisory committee on editing human DNA will ask the United Nations agency to establish a global registry of all such research, recommend that editors of scientific journals not publish any unregistered studies, and ask science funders to require that their grantees register their studies.