March 16, 2012 - CISAC News
Oversight committee approves publication of controversial H5N1 avian flu research
The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an independent advisory committee tasked with providing guidance on the biosecurity oversight of dual use research, announced on March 30 that it would recommend the publication of controversial research on the H5N1 avian flu. The issue ignited a debate in the scientific community on publishing research that could threaten public health. The committee sent its recommendations to the federal government for review.
On March 12, Professor Paul Keim, chairman of the NSABB, and Dr. David Relman, a NSABB board member and CISAC affiliated faculty and professor of infectious diseases and microbiology and immunology at Stanford, discussed the debate over whether to make public scientific papers about the adaptation of the avian flu virus H5N1 to transmission in a mammal. The NSABB had not announced its decision to publish the research at the time of the presentation.
Audio from the March 12 seminar is available online.
- Dual Use Research of Concern: Avian H5N1 influenza adaption to a mammalian host
March 12, 2012 CISAC Science Seminar
Paul Keim, David Relman
Audio transcript available
- BBC News: H5N1 bird flu research to be published in full
- NSABB statement on avian flu research