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New Biodefense Study Guidelines Expected

Scientists will soon have to follow new guidelines if they’re doing government-funded research that potentially could be used to create biological weapons. The government said Thursday it is creating a National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, with members who are specialists in areas such as science and national security that will recommend how to conduct biomedical research in a way that minimizes the chances of nefarious misuse. The board will advise all federal agencies that fund life-sciences research — agencies that could make receipt of government grants contingent on following the board’s guidelines. The goal is to set parameters for certain research that reduce the risk of misuse without stifling scientific discovery, said John Marburger, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Full Story

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