By adamg on Tue, 04/26/2016 - 6:41pm
The City Council tomorrow considers a proposal from Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) for a hearing on barring research that involves "aerosolizing" pathogens not currently native to Boston - such as Ebola - at least until after scientists across the country have been able to figure out how to really keep us safe from inadvertent releases from laboratories.
The measure is aimed specifically at BU's National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories in the South End.
Jackson says the risks to the public of such mists escaping the lab are just too high without additional safety assurances.
Such aerosolization experiments have been used to generate novel potential pandemic pathogens (PPP), such as versions of the Asian bird flu (H5N1) and Chinese influenza virus (H7N9) with increased infectivity to mammals.
The council's meeting begins at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.