EDITORIAL

Wider attention for GOF science

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Science  27 Feb 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6225, pp. 929
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa7711

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Summary

In October 2014, the U.S. government paused funding for so-called gain-of-function (GOF) research involving pathogens with pandemic potential, to allow for a systematic assessment of its benefits and risks. The topic raises critical questions for society as a whole, and decisions cannot be left with the scientific community alone.