For too long, decisions about high-risk research on dangerous pathogens have been made unilaterally by scientists and science funding agencies that have inherent conflicts of interest.
For too long, these decisions have been made without public input, public transparency, or public accountability.
We believe the public should have a strong voice in deciding what research on dangerous pathogens is performed, as well as where this research is performed.
We believe the public should have access to information describing what research with deadly pathogens is being performed, where this research is being performed, and why this research is being performed.
We believe that scientists who perform high-risk pathogen research and government agencies that fund high-risk pathogen research should be accountable to, and monitored by, national- and international-level bodies that put public safety first.