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Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility

Posted on Oct 5, 2014 4:30:00 PM

 

Symposium - Hannover, Germany

The publication of two papers reporting the engineering of highly pathogenic avian H5N1 influenza A viruses that can be efficiently transmitted by respiratory droplets resulted in a heated debate about the risks and benefits of conducting and publishing such forced evolution research. The work is referred to as on gain of function (GOF) research, or Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC). Dual Use Research of Concern (DURC) with microbes raises special issues concerning biosafety, biosecurity, and potential limits to the freedom of research. How should we balance the freedom of the individual scientist, the interest in unlimited communication of research results, and the interest of society not to be exposed to avoidable or potentially uncontrollable risks?

Organization: Volkswagen Foundation (VolkswagenStiftung)

Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility

Wed, Dec 10, 2014 - Fri, Dec 12, 2014

Herrenhausen Palace, Herrenhäuser Straße 5, 30419 Hannover, Germany

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