Biology's Misuse Potential

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Abstract

The international community has laid down clear red lines about the use of biology to enhance national armaments. Advances in biosci-ence and biomedicine are, however, significantly eroding technological barriers to acquiring and using biological weapons. This article describes recent scientific trends and analyses their security implications. Three emerging fields of research that have particularly high potential for mis-use are considered in more detail: potentially pandemic pathogens, syn-thetic biology and neurobiology. It is argued that continued efforts are required in multilateral, national and scientific spheres to strengthen the red lines and to foster responsible science.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-64
JournalConnections. The Quarterly Journal of the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defence Academics and Security Studies Institutes
Volume15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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