This report examines the United States' level of public health emergency preparedness on a state-by-state basis using 10 priority indicators. Taken together, the indicators are a checklist of priority aspects of states’ readiness for public health emergencies.
Sophisticated algorithms could help DNA-synthesis companies avoid making dangerous organisms on demand.
This video is a recording of the meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense. It covers:
- Current transnational biological threats;
- Homeland defense and security in the global context;
- Global security efforts to combat these threats;
- International public health security efforts; and
- The need to elevate global health security as a national and global priority.
The local and international response to infectious disease epidemics, such as the severe acute respiratory syndrome and west African Ebola virus epidemic, revealed serious shortcomings which bioterrorists might exploit when intentionally initiating an epidemic.
The National Strategy for Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Terrorism is designed to achieve a set of strategic objectives whose common purpose is to greatly reduce the probability that extremist groups and individuals will conduct attacks using WMD.
This paper provides an overview of bioterrorism as it relates to the practice of dentistry.
Global terrorism is a rapidly growing threat to world security, and increases the risk of bioterrorism.
Terrorists experimenting with diseases must do so without vaccines or rigorous safety standards, so the risk of an accident is much higher than in an authorized lab.
The term ‘dual use’ has become a catchphrase for advances that can be used for good but also for malevolent purposes, including in the life sciences.
The biotech industry is rapidly growing, bringing new technologies like synthetic biology, digital-to-biological converters, and gene-editing tools to the masses.