Wholesale roster change coming for US biosecurity board

July 15, 2014 11:55 PM

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Wholesale roster change coming for US biosecurity board

The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) is preparing to reactivate a biosecurity advisory board that has been dormant for close to 2 years, and as part of that process, almost half of the board's voting members learned this week that that they will soon be replaced.

Although the move was not entirely unexpected, some of the 11 exiting members of the board said the timing is strange, as it comes in the wake of recent government lab safety lapses involving Bacillus anthracis, H5N1 avian flu virus, and smallpox virus.

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