Biotechnology Research in an Age of Terrorism

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Overview

In recent years much has happened to justify an examination of biological research in light of national security concerns. The destructive application of biotechnology research includes activities such as spreading common pathogens or transforming them into even more lethal forms. Policymakers and the scientific community at large must put forth a vigorous and immediate response to this challenge. This new book by the National Research Council recommends that the government expand existing regulations and rely on self-governance by scientists rather than adopt intrusive new policies. One key recommendation of the report is that the government should not attempt to regulate scientific publishing but should trust scientists and journals to screen their papers for security risks, a task some journals have already taken up. With biological information and tools widely distributed, regulating only U.S. researchers would have little effect. A new International Forum on Biosecurity should encourage the adoption of similar measures around the world. Seven types of risky studies would require approval by the Institutional Biosafety Committees that already oversee recombinant DNA research at some 400 U.S. institutions. These “experiments of concern” include making an infectious agent more lethal and rendering vaccines powerless.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309089777
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 2/6/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

2112

2212 Recent Ex

2412 The Response of the Li

2912 Committee Charge and Process 3

Annex: Biological

3311 2 The Evolving Regulatory Environment for

4112 Introduction 4112 The

4412

4612 Types of Experiments That Require IBC, RAC and NTH Director Re

4912 Physical

4912 Compliance with and Enforcemen

5212 Regulation of Microbial Agents (Listed Agen

5212 Possession of Select Agents 5812 Importation and Interstate Shipment

5812 Oversight of Foreign Nationals 59

Professional Education and Responsibilities of Life Scientist

6212 The International Situatio

6312 Conclusions 6712 Annex 6911 3 Information Restr

7912 Intr

7912 Past as Prologue? 8012 Secret and Sensitive Informa

8612 Publication of Sensitiv

9612 Conclusions 9911 4 Conclusions and Recomme

10712 Int

10712 Key Ass

10812 Recommendations 11012

Conclusion 12601 Appendixes02 A Acronyms 13102 B Biogr

13502 C Committee Meet

143

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