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Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research: Summary of a Workshop

Gain-of-function research aims to improve understanding of disease pathways by modifying the ability of an infectious agent to cause disease. The potential benefits of such modifications are to help find targets for vaccines and drugs as well as provide information that can help in surveillance for potentially pandemic strains. But concerns about biosafety and biosecurity risks are also part of current debates over GOF research on the potentially pandemic viruses that cause influenza, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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Report

Enhancing the Value of Field Stations

Connecting scientists, educators, and communities to their environments, field stations and marine labs bring the basic tools of science into the field. But to fulfill their unique role, field stations must evolve. Learn more in this report and video.

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Workshop

Life Science Communication

A recent workshop organized by the Roundtable on Public Interfaces of the Life Sciences explored barriers to effective life science communication, and the infrastructures that might strengthen connections between life scientists and their audiences.

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Report

Teaching Responsible Science in the MENA Region

This report describes efforts to address dual use issues by developing institutes in the Middle East-North Africa region that will help life sciences faculty learn to teach about the responsible conduct of science. Read more in a report summary available in English and Arabic.

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Event

Emerging Science in Environmental Health

An ongoing meeting series provides a forum for understanding scientific advances in environmental health and how it can be applied to decision making. Visit the website to find resources on metagenomics, epigenetics, and other topics.

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Website

Biosecurity at the National Academies

This website, created and maintained by the Board on Life Sciences, brings together information and resources from across the National Academies on biosecurity, biodefense, relevant aspects of public health, and discussions of the relationship betweek science and security.

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