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  Posting date: October 19, 2018
US Military Research That Disperses GM Viruses to Plants Could be Misused as Bioweapon
Critics of an agricultural research project by the US Military warn about possible weaponization of the resulting technology, which would use infected insects to deliver genetically modified viruses to plants.
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  Posting date: May 23, 2016
Dangerous Proposal for “Gain of Function” Modification of Smallpox Virus Must Never be Approved
Dangerous proposal for “gain of function” modification of smallpox virus must never be approved.
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  Posting date: May 22, 2014
Scientists Call for Halt to Smallpox Research
Scientists highlight that there are several reasons to stop all smallpox research can call for the complete and controlled destruction of remaining stocks, while prohibiting any further research.
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  Posting date: May 20, 2014
Don't Open Pandora's Box of Genetic Engineering of Smallpox
Civil society statement calling on the World Health Assembly not to open the door to the genetic engineering of smallpox and to fix a date for the destruction of the virus stocks.
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  Posting date: May 08, 2014
Smallpox Destruction: Key Issues and Recommendations for the 67th WHA
Third World Network calls on WHA member states to fix a destruction date for variola virus stocks and prohibit any extension or expansion of the WHA-approved smallpox research programmme.
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  Posting date: April 28, 2014
No Excuse Left but Biotech for Smallpox?
This analysis warns that linking retention of smallpox virus to vague biotechnology-related “threats” may open the Pandora's Box of genetic engineering of smallpox.
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  Posting date: January 28, 2014
Update on the Status of WHO Authorized Research Involving Variola Virus
This update on the status of WHO authorized research involving variola (smallpox) virus finds that the case for fixing a date for destruction of smallpox virus stocks is stronger than ever.
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  Posting date: January 28, 2014
Smallpox: WHO Executive Board passes the buck to the World Health Assembly
Discussions on the destruction of the smallpox virus stock at the WHO's Executive Board meeting (20-25 January 2014) reveal significant disagreement among Member States.
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  Posting date: January 25, 2013
TWN Briefing Note on Smallpox for WHO Executive Board (January 2013)
This TWN briefing note on smallpox for the WHO Executive Board meeting (January 2013) argues that it would be important to begin the process of preparation for fixing a destruction date for the remaining virus stocks now, in order to adopt a resolution to
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  Posting date: January 16, 2012
TWN Brief on Smallpox for WHO Executive Board (Jan 2012)
This TWN brief summarizes key issues on variola virus for the WHO Executive Board’s 130th Session, beginning in Geneva on 16 January 2012.
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