As a result of international outcry stemming from a Chinese scientist that brought the world’s first genome edited babies, China has established a national committee that will advise on research and ethics regulations.
Gene editing accelerates a détente between the laboratory and social sciences over questions that direct future research.
After a virus was created from mail-order DNA, scientists are sounding the alarm about the genetic tinkering carried out in private homes.
The Biological Weapons Convention is not well equipped to deal with potential security implications of rapidly developing biological research.
The landscape of biosecurity is changing due to the rapid advent of new life science knowledge, science and technology, and their availability, along with the greater ability to understand how these can be adapted and applied for misuse.
Biological warfare is not an inevitable result of advances in the life sciences.
This report summarizes a February 2012 meeting hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), in collaboration with the Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to encourage communication among officials from leading research universities, senior faculty, and FBI WMD Coordinators about security risks associated with biological research.
The US National Academy of Sciences will study the manipulation of biological functions, systems, or microorganisms.
The report summarizes the workshop, plenary, and breakout discussion sessions held during the Trends in Science and Technology Relevant to the Biological Weapons Convention.