Sen. Rand Paul proposes legislation to create security board to review and approve funding for 'high-risk life sciences research'

Sen. Rand Paul proposes legislation to create security board to review and approve funding for ‘high-risk life sciences research’


United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced Wednesday the Risky Research Review Act, which would establish an independent security board to review and approve “high-risk life sciences research” projects seeking federal funding.

The first-of-its-kind proposal would create a Life Sciences Research Security Board within the executive branch responsible for conducting “oversight over life sciences research funding across the federal government to protect public health, safety, and national security.”

‘If we had this bill in place ten years ago, we could have prevented the COVID pandemic.’

The act defines “high-risk life sciences research” as any research that has a potential dual-use nature or could pose a threat to public health, including “gain of function research, research involving genetic modification or synthetic creation of a potential pandemic pathogen, and activities

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