Terror fears drive new U.N. smallpox research rules

GENEVA (Reuters) – Global health officials have set out new guidelines governing research on smallpox due to fears that the deadly virus could leak from laboratories or wind up in terrorist hands, U.N. officials said on Saturday.

National health authorities meeting at the U.N.’s World Health Assembly approved moves to tightly control research, including a ban on scientists building the virus from scratch using rapidly developing lab technology. Full Story

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