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Simon Wain-Hobson
    Biosafety Now has launched a Substack! All of our essays, including the On Reading series by Simon Wain-Hobson, will now live on our Substack. To read his latest installment, “Spanish Lookalikes,” please click here.
    Biosafety Now has launched a Substack! All of our essays, including the On Reading series by Simon Wain-Hobson, will now live on our Substack. To read his latest installment, “The World We Live In,” please click here.
On reading Virology in Peril and the Greater Risk To Science by Michael J. Imperiale, Arturo Casadevall, Felicia D. Goodrum, Stacey Schultz-Cherry. mSphere, vol 8, #1, December 15, 2022. Sunset near Marseille, oil on canvas, Charles Signoret (1867-1932)   This paper appeals for thought. As the stakes are high for virology, without question the Queen...
On reading More Spin than Science: Risk Communication about the H5N1 Bioengineering Research Controversy by Peter Sandman, a transcript of a Skype presentation to ‘Freedom in biological research: How to consider accidental or intentional risks for populations’, at the Fondation Mérieux near Annecy, France, February 8, 2013. Sparkling Brittany, France, oil on plywood, Thierry Devouassoux...
On reading Virology under the Microscope – a Call for Rational Discourse by Felicia Goodrum and 155 others. Journal of Virology, 92, January 26, 2023. Grenache vines for rosé, southern Var, France. Oil on paper, Julien Wain-Hobson 2022   The straw man is set up in the abstract. A small but vocal group of individuals...
On reading Remember Your Humanity by Joseph Rotblat, 1995 Nobel Peace Prize Lecture. Bouquet of flowers 1945, oil on canvas, by Lucien Cadene (1887-1958), a native of SW France On reading is always looking for parallel discussions that may help cajole the Gain of Function (GOF) debate. Dr. Rotblat shared the prize with the Pugwash...
On reading Lethal infection of human ACE2-transgenic mice caused by SARS-CoV-2-related pangolin coronavirus GX_P2V(short_3’UTR) by Lai Wei, Shuiqing Liu, Shanshan Lu, Shengdong Luo, Xiaoping An, Huahao Fan, Weiwei Chen, Erguang Li, Yigang Ton and Lihua Song. Bouquet of flowers by Marie-Anne Camax-Zoegger (1881-1952) A slight detour today, although some will recognize a few familiar symptoms....
On reading Virology – the path forward by Angela Rasmussen and 77 others. Journal of Virology, Jan 3, 2024. The old farmhouse, gouache on paper by Joseph-Marius Avy (1871-1939). This might take a little longer. Nobody likes regulations. They cost time and money but without regulations global warming would be even worse. Raw sewage would...
On reading The InterAcademy Partnership 2005 statement on biosecurity. View from the terrace of villa Dautreme near Saint Tropez by the French painter, engraver and draftsman Lionel Floch (1895-1972) This is a must for any Biosafety Now reader as it is clear and relevant even though issued almost 20 years ago. It is signed by...
On reading Research must do no harm: new guidance addresses all studies relating to people. Nature, 2022. The Rock of Monaco seen from the botanical garden at Menton by Robert Mauchant (1893-1970) This is a very interesting editorial from Nature. In their own words ‘the guidance encourages authors, reviewers and editors to respect the dignity...
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