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Marc Lipsitch opposes flu gain-of-function experiments

CCDD Director Marc Lipsitch participated in a panel discussion at Options for the Control of Influenza VIII on September 9, 2013, on the risks and benefits of "gain of function" research to make avian influenza viruses transmissible by mammals via an airborne route. His talk was entitled "Transmissibility Gain-of-Function Experiments with High-Pathogenicity Avian Influenza: Interesting Science, but Not Worth the Risk of An Accidental Pandemic." A video of him giving the talk is here and a pdf of the slides can be found here.