In a Tuesday special interest symposium covering dual-use research issues and the H5N1 publication controversy, experts discussed policies for overseeing such research in the US, and how to extend the reach of such oversight internationally. Dennis Dixon at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases primed the audience with an overview of how the US government oversees dual-use research of concern. The government, he said, aims to "preserve the benefits of life science research while minimizing risk."

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