Editing Biosecurity

This study highlights the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, helps policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate this space, and illuminates broader trends in the life sciences that may impact the biosecurity landscape.

Closure of live bird markets leads to the spread of H7N9 influenza in China

This study presents evidence that closure of live bird markets, adverse publicity, and reduced prices resulted in sudden changes in movements of live poultry during H7N9 influenza epidemics. This led to significant increases in movements to neighboring provinces and other places without human cases. In these places, biosecurity and movement controls were limited and ineffective in limiting the spread of virus in poultry markets and thus resulted in human cases of the disease.

Connell of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity speaks about the future of biosecurity research, ethics

Homeland Preparedness News recently interviewed Connell about her goals for the National Institutes of Health’s National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) and her current research into Global Catastrophic Biological Risks (GCBRs).

Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology

Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology explores and envisions potential misuses of synthetic biology. This report develops a framework to guide an assessment of the security concerns related to advances in synthetic biology, assesses the levels of concern warranted for such advances, and identifies options that could help mitigate those concerns.