National Academies advisory: Jan. 31 release of biosecurity report

A new report from the National Academies calls for a coordinated global effort to reduce the growing risk that advances in the life sciences and related technologies will be used to create novel biological weapons or misused by careless groups and individuals. The report, Globalization, Biosecurity, and the Future of the Life Sciences, will be released at a one-hour public briefing on Tuesday, Jan. 31.

DETAILS:
11 a.m. EST in the Lecture Room of the National Academies building, 2100 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reporters who cannot attend may listen to a live audio webcast of the briefing and submit questions using an e-mail form at http://national-academies.org.

PARTICIPATING FROM THE COMMITTEE THAT WROTE THE REPORT:
Stanley M. Lemon (co-chair), director, Institute for Human Infections and Immunity, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
David A. Relman (co-chair), associate professor of medicine, microbiology, and immunology, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

REPORTERS: OBTAIN COPIES OR REGISTER TO ATTEND by contacting the Office of News and Public Information at tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail news@nas.edu. Advance copies of the report will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EST on Monday, Jan. 30.

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