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Iowa tightens oversight of MERS virus research

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A University of Iowa researcher has resumed work on the deadly MERS virus under tighter oversight after being sanctioned for not following proper safety guidelines.

The university's biosafety officer in February halted research by microbiology professor Stanley Perlman after discovering it started without approval of the school's biosafety committee.

Perlman's team had conducted the research in a biosafety level-2 laboratory. Under guidance issued by National Institutes of Health in November 2013, the work should've been done in a more secure level-3 facility.

The university told NIH that Perlman didn't effectively communicate to staff the importance of obtaining approval before initiating the research.

Perlman's research faces additional monitoring during a probationary period.

Perlman tells the Des Moines Register said the incident was unfortunate but "no safety was compromised."

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