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* 1. I am currently

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* 2. My field of study is

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* 3. If you work on a virus, what type?

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* 4. If you want to study a virus in the future, which kind?

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* 5. Although things might change, right now my primary long-term goal is

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* 6. Have you heard about the debate regarding research using pathogens with pandemic potential?

About the debate:

Scientists and policy makers are currently debating the pros and cons of performing certain types of experiments using certain pathogens. This debate largely focusses on pathogens with pandemic potential (or PPP), and the most relevant viruses are influenza, MERS coronavirus, and SARS coronavirus. In October of 2014, the U.S. Government implemented a "pause" for certain research projects involving influeza (biosafety level 2 and 3 strains), MERS (biosafety level 3) , and SARS (biosafetly level 3). These projects involve a subset of  "gain of function" experiments designed to create mouse adapted viral strains, generate drug resistant viruses to undersand drug mechanisms of action, understand host immunity by analyzing viruses with resistance to certain host immune pathways, and to study factors that influence transmission by the respiratory route (which was made famous by work from the Kawoaka and Fouchier labs in 2012). Principal Investigators of 18 federally funded research projects were told to stop experiments specifically related to the "gain of function" work described above while risks and benefits could be examined. The future of these particular projects is uncertain. Work continues on other projects using influenza, MERS, and SARS.

You can read more here if you are interested (the first three articles are open access): 

http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/6/e02292-14
http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/6/e02434-14.full
http://mbio.asm.org/content/5/6/e02366-14
http://www.nature.com/nrmicro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/abs/nrmicro3405.html

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* 7. After learning more about this debate

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* 8. For those interested in virology: This debate and research "pause"

Thanks for taking the survey!

In case it's helpful, you can find a tutorial on "How to find a postdoctoral fellowship" using this link:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0Bx8WHo43iReWVjg2ZUJKeHE3XzQ/view?usp=sharing

Keep in mind that it's based on one opinion only-- talk to your mentor and thesis committee!!

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