7 September 2013
Stephen M. Apatow
Director of Research & Development
Resource Institute (UN:NGO:DESA)
Consortium Graduate Studies
for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine & Law
Biosecurity Prioritization -
High Consequence Strains - BSL-4 labs
pandemic from a lab release from mtGOF flu research a
possibility? The simple likelihood-weighted-consequence analysis (LWC
analysis) presented here can provide insight into the answer for this
question. Among the consequences of a release
are fatalities, severe illness, and economic loss. Each lab working
with mtGOF flu strains carries with it the burden of these
consequences. To simplify the analysis, fatalities from a pandemic are
considered to be the only consequence, here called the “fatality
burden.” The fatality burden has three components: the probability of a
mtGOF flu strain release from a lab, the probability that release leads
to a pandemic, and the number of pandemic fatalities. -- The
Human Fatality Burden of Gain of Function Flu Research: A Risk Assessment:
Lynn C. Klotz, Senior Science Fellow, Center for Arms Control and Non
thanks to Dr. JackWoodall, for
passing this on for a targeted background discussion on the subject
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Threats and Terrorism, Assessing the Science and Response Capabilities:
Workshop Summary," the National Academy of Sciences has recognized
Humanitarian Resource Institute (HRI) as one of nine leading
educational and research institutions. These include:
for Nonproliferation Studies.
University: Center for Public Health Preparedness.
University John F. Kennedy School of Government: Belfer Center for
Science and International Affairs.
Hopkins University: Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies.
Institute of Technology: Center for International Studies.
Academy of Sciences.
of Maryland: Center for International and Security Studies at Maryland.
of Minnesota: Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy.
Reference: Forum on
Emerging Infections, Board on Global Health. "Front Matter."
Biological Threats and Terrorism: Assessing the Science and Response
Capabilities: Workshop Summary. Washington, DC: The
Academies Press, 2002.