Hearing on Virus Research Funding

A panel of scientists and academics discussed the risks and benefits of gain of function research before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental… read more

A panel of scientists and academics discussed the risks and benefits of gain of function research before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Emerging Threats. According to the National Institutes of Health, gain of function research involves the genetic modification and experimentation of viruses and pathogens to increase strength and transmissibility. Richard Ebright, Rutgers University chemistry professor and Waksman Institute of Microbiology laboratory director, said that although “gain of function research can advance scientific understanding … it has no civilian practical applications.” Several topics were discussed during the hearing, including national security concerns posed by such research, the need for strict government oversight, and how gain of function research has been used to identify and mitigate potential virus mutations that could have resulted in possible pandemics. No Democratic committee members took part in the hearing. close

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  • Richard Ebright Professor Rutgers University->Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
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Hearing on Virus Research Funding

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Senate Committee
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SD-342, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Aug 03, 2022 | 2:31pm EDT | C-SPAN.org
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