Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research: A Symposium
In response to concerns raised about certain gain-of-function (GOF) research involving pathogens with pandemic potential such as influenza, MERS, and SARS, the U.S. government is undertaking a deliberative process wherein the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS), and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will consider the risks and benefits associated with research involving pathogens with pandemic potential. To this end, on December 15-16, 2014, CSTL joined the NAS Board on Life Sciences and the IOM Board on Health Sciences Policy in convening a public symposium that examined the underlying scientific and technical questions that are the source of current discussion and debate over GOF research. A summary report of the symposium proceedings is forthcoming.
Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification
On October 2, 2014, CSTL released the report Identifying the Culprit: Assessing Eyewitness Identification. The report recommends best practices that law enforcement and the courts should follow in order to improve the likelihood that eyewitness identifications used in criminal cases will be accurate.
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