but some wonder whether experiments will ever provide a definitive answer. Researchers hope that computer simulations and more collider studies will reveal how the oddball newcomers are put together, The call for a review of the number of high-containment labs “is a positive sign that OSTP has reversed its previous position and now agrees that a needs-assessment is desirable.But much depends on the details” Ebright says The recent lab mishaps have heightened concerns about the risks of so-called gain-of-function experiments that modify dangerous influenza strains to spread more easily in mammals The memo does not mention any plans to review these controversial experiments But the source familiar with the OSTP memo says the federal government is looking at ways to address any questions they raise? And none of the steps are mandatory for extramural labs with federal funding. The memo is a response to “three recent US biosafety and biosecurity incidents” that have been widely publicized: the mistaken shipment of live anthrax samples by a biodefense lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta; the discovery of 60-year-old vials of smallpox on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in suburban Maryland; and the accidental contamination at CDC of benign poultry flu samples with the deadly H5N1 bird flu CDC has already announced sweeping changes to improve safety and the OSTP memo aims to “maximize the positive effect of lessons learned” across the US government Within 30 days all federal labs that ship or work with animal or plant infectious agents or toxins are “urged to perform a ‘Safety Stand-Down’ ” During that time leaders will review practices and protocols and develop plans for “sustained inventory monitoring” But “stand-down” apparently does not mean a work stoppage: The review may take several days so that research and clinical work “are not adversely affected” Labs should also do an “immediate sweep” specifically for select agents—infectious agents and toxins that could potentially be used to cause harm—and make sure samples are registered or destroyed (A source close to the matter says officials originally discussed a daylong pause to allow lab staff to focus on safety procedures but decided the activities could be spread over a month so that research would not have to stop) Extramural labs that work with infectious agents are merely “encouraged to hold similar events” In a notice yesterday NIH suggested that its grantee institutions review their procedures and inventory specimens in September as part of a new “National Biosafety Stewardship Month” The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is “supportive of efforts to ensure” biosafety the group said in a comment to ScienceInsider On 25 August ASM asked its members to check what’s in their freezers Thomas Inglesby a biosecurity expert at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore Maryland calls the OSTP memo “a welcome development … the memo should prompt a lot of activity that can improve safety” at both government and extramural labs But molecular biologist Richard Ebright of Rutgers University in Piscataway New Jersey calls the memo “very thin gruel” A longtime critic of biodefense labs Ebright notes that most select agent work takes place at academic or other nonfederal labs He says that the OSTP memo is unlikely to affect their activities because the actions are recommendations not requirements? That’s because you may have a mechanical one attached to your shoulder. carried mostly on the hips.Apple’s next-gen flagship ‘iPhone 8’ is internally codenamed ‘Ferrari’, would come on top of 75 billion yen in aid late last year from its main investor – the state-backed Innovation Network Corp of Japan (INCJ). *Red lips: Paint your pout in all shades of red including ruby, said to be shlf1314’s first a?

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