WHO allows genetic modification of smallpox virus

2019-03-03 04:15:01

A WORLD Health Organization advisory committee has decided in principle to allow the genetic modification of the smallpox virus. It will not say who is proposing such experiments but it is almost certainly a US team. The only remaining smallpox stocks are in the US and Russia. “This is all aimed at finding better drugs and vaccines,” says Geoffrey Smith of Imperial College London, who chaired the committee meeting. Critics, including D. A. Henderson of the University of Pittsburgh, who led the drive to eradicate smallpox,