WERNER VOICE: Potential Pandemic Pathogens and Gain of Function Research

Rochester General Hospital Edition
January 2018

In 2014, the National Institutes of Health announced a pause on funding for research that could enhance the transmission or pathogenicity of certain viruses, also called “gain of function” research.  The pause was removed in December 2017 after a lengthy risk-benefit analysis. Proponents of these studies argue there are significant potential gains from exploration of how these viruses spread; while critics worry the risk of accidentally seeding a pandemic outweighs the rewards. 

Bibliography by Rachel Becker, MLIS

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