Should the Public Know About Risky Research?

US researchers are proposing high-stakes experiments that deliberately make pathogens more risky in an effort to get ahead of future pandemics.

For now, the details of the experiments and the review process aren’t public information.

Should they be—when that could mean revealing ways to make pathogens more dangerous?
Tomorrow US officials will meet with biosecurity experts to debate that question, days after the Wuhan coronavirus landed on US soil. That virus likely originated in animals and jumped to humans—just the kind of high-risk pathogen researchers are looking to investigate.
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