Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Federal advisory board as slap-dash as an ACUC

Details of H5N1 study spark queries from congressman, experts

Lisa Schnirring \ Staff Writer
Mar 5, 2012 (CIDRAP News) – A US congressman has stepped into the debate over two controversial H5N1 transmission studies, asking President Obama's science office why a federal advisory board didn't consider dual-use issues until after the experiments were completed and what safeguards are in place.

The letter from Rep Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., was sent on Mar 1 to John Holdren, PhD, who leads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. It was released a day after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) asked the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to reconvene to reexamine new details about the studies, according to a press release from Sensenbrenner's office.....

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