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Revelle Lecture

Join science lovers and ocean enthusiasts at the Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture, which this year features Dr. Susan Lozier of Duke University presenting findings that overturn long-held assumptions about ocean circulation. This free event at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is followed by a reception.

Workshop Summary

Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research: Summary of a Workshop

Gain-of-function research aims to improve understanding of disease pathways by modifying the ability of an infectious agent to cause disease. The potential benefits of such modifications are to help find targets for vaccines and drugs as well as provide information that can help in surveillance for potentially pandemic strains. But concerns about biosafety and biosecurity risks are also part of current debates over GOF research on the potentially pandemic viruses that cause influenza, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.