Understanding Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers: A Brief Overview

The Complex World of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers  Viral hemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) represent a diverse spectrum of diseases impacting both animals and humans. VHFs are caused by five distinct families of RNA viruses: Filoviridae, Flaviviridae, Rhabdoviridae, Arenaviridae and Hantaviridae. These conditions manifest a wide range of symptoms, often marked by bleeding or hemorrhaging. The disease can…

Overseeing Gain of Function Research in the U.S.: New Insights in the Wake of COVID-19 Revelations (Part 5)

Welcome to the final part of our series on Gain of Function Research (GOFR). This chapter highlights the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity’s (NSABB) newest recommendations, which seek to mitigate biosecurity and biosafety risks while advancing crucial research on potential pandemic pathogens. The COVID-19 pandemic, with conjectures about a potential laboratory leak, has reinvigorated…

Striking a Balance: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Gain of Function Research (Part 3)

Welcome back to our ongoing series exploring Gain of Function Research (GOFR). In this third installment, we venture onto the tightrope of balancing the inherent risks and benefits of GOFR, while acknowledging the challenges along the way. Piecing Together the Risk-Benefit Puzzle The controversy surrounding GOFR revolves around different perceptions of the associated risks and…