Thursday, 8 August 2013

It's Gain of Function (+Func) day!!!

I don't have the time to review it all until I'm away form my day job desk, but there is a storm of commentary on the recent Letter by Ron Fouchier, Yoshihiro Kawaoka, and the otherwise alphabetically listed band of merry influenza (and other viruses) field-leaders.

The Letter, informs the world of their intent to propose some new gain of function experiments (+Func I'm calling it!). 

These will be for studies of influenza A(H7N9) virus and they will be proposed to the regulators and biosafety officials for their consideration.

I'll summarize it at a later date. But for now, Happy +Func day!