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Extra Oversight for H7N9 Experiments

Science  07 Aug 2013:

DOI: 10.1126/science.1244158

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Abstract

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces a new review process for certain gain-of-function (GOF) experiments with the avian influenza A (H7N9) virus, some of which are proposed this week by influenza scientists. Specifically, before being undertaken using funds from the HHS, proposed studies that are reasonably anticipated to generate H7N9 viruses with increased transmissibility between mammals by respiratory droplets will undergo an additional level of review by the HHS.

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