The rapidly increasing power and rapidly decreasing cost of advanced biotechnology has made lab-generated pandemics a threat to the survival of the human species. Remarkably, despite the major risks to the public, dangerous “gain-of-function” research that enhances potential pandemic pathogens (ePPP research) is subject to almost no national or international oversight. Moreover, to date, the public largely has been unaware of, and excluded from, discussion of this threat.

Biosafety Now, is a non-governmental organization that advocates for reducing numbers of high-level biocontainment laboratories and for strengthening biosafety, biosecurity, and biorisk management for research on pathogens. We seek comprehensive, legally-binding, national- and international-level oversight to foresee, regulate, and ultimately minimize the risks to the public of research with potentially dangerous pathogens. We are convinced that public health and safety require that all such research be subject to independent external controls, rather than be trusted to the oversight of the experimenters themselves.

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Recent Highlights

February 12, 2024

Biosafety Now is pleased to announce that selected essays from Alex Washburne’s substack, A Biologist’s Guide to Life, will also be posted on our website.

Essays by Alex Washburne

Biosafety Now Year 1: Looking Back

January 24, 2024

On reading, by Simon Wain-Hobson is a weekly discussion of scientific papers and news articles around gain of function research in virology. New essays will be posted each Wednesday.

On reading, by Simon Wain-Hobson

January 21, 2024

Biosafety Now hosted an X Space titled “COVID-19: evidence for a synthetic origin,” where scientists Alina Chan, Alex Washburne, Valentin Bruttel, and Tony VanDongen joined Justin Kinney, and Bryce Nickels to discuss the scientific evidence for a synthetic origin of SARS-CoV-2.

COVID-19: evidence for a synthetic origin

January 17, 2024

Richard H. Ebright and Bryce Nickels, joined Simon Wain-Hobson as guests on the Earl Ingram Show to discuss “gain-of-function” research and Assembly Bill 413 which would prohibit this research. Click here to learn more.

Gain-of-function with Biosafety Now

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