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

June 18, 2024

Biosafety Now co-founder Richard Ebright testifies at a historic bipartisan Senate hearing on the origins of COVID-19.

June 14, 2024

Members of Biosafety Now joined other prominent scientists in calling for retraction of three scientifically unsound papers on the origin of COVID-19. These papers are based on invalid premises and conclusions, or are potentially products of scientific misconduct — including fraud.

Click here to read the letter requesting the retraction of “The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan was the early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic” by Worobey et al. (1) and “The molecular epidemiology of multiple zoonotic origins of SARS-CoV-2” by Pekar et al., (2) published on July 26, 2022, in Science. This letter was sent to the editor in chief of Science on June 14, 2024.

Click here to read the letter requesting the retraction of “No credible evidence supporting claims of the laboratory engineering of SARS-CoV-2” by Liu, et al., published online in Emerging Microbes & Infections on February 26, 2020. This letter was sent to Emerging Microbes & Infections on June 14, 2024.

June 13, 2024

Biosafety Now co-founder Bryce Nickels and Stanford Professor Jay Bhattacharya conducted a live interview with Senator Rand Paul on X to discuss the bipartisan hearing on COVID origins taking place on June 18.

May 14, 2024

Several members of Biosafety Now signed an open letter calling for retraction of “Proximal Origins” to Dr. Joao Montiero, the chief editor of Nature Medicine. This is the second formal request to retract “Proximal Origins.” The first request, submitted on July 26, 2023, can be found here.

March 27, 2024

Biosafety Now is now on Substack! Biosafety Now is excited to announce we will now be hosting our newsletter on Substack! Sign up to receive content from members of Biosafety Now as well as other prominent biosafety advocates, such as weekly essays from renowned virologist Simon Wain-Hobson.

Biosafety Now! Substack

March 15, 2024

Leadership Team member Raina MacIntyre published a study suggesting COVID-19 more likely originated from a lab than animals. Read Raina’s essay that explains the significance of her new analysis of COVID-19’s origin.

Study Points to Lab Origin of COVID-19

March 13, 2024

Ten members of Biosafety Now’s Leadership Team are co-authors on a letter published in the Journal of Virology titled: “Implementing governmental oversight of enhanced potential pandemic pathogen research.”

Letter in Journal of Virology

February 27, 2024

Leadership Team Members Megan Gafford and Bryce Nickels joined Jonathan Latham, Jacob Eliosoff, Emily Kopp, Alina Chan, Matt Ridley, and Austin Lin in NYC to deliver our Petition to Retract Proximal Origins to Nature Medicine’s office.

Proximal Origins Petition Delivery

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

Origin Search: Biosafety Now's FOIA search engine

COVID-19: summary of lab-origin hypothesis

COVID-19: evidence for a synthetic origin (Jan 21, 2024)

Biowarfare: Unleashing the Unthinkable (Jan 10, 2024)