Advances in the field of biotechnology and synthetic biology are becoming increasingly accessible to actors wishing to do harm, while scientists and policymakers have become increasingly aware that the current regulatory framework may not be adequate.
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced the formation of an international committee aimed at establishing uniform guidelines for editing human DNA in ways that can be passed down to future generations.
Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses in ways that could make them riskier to humans will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 years.
A scientist in New York is conducting experiments designed to modify DNA in human embryos as a step toward someday preventing inherited diseases.
This resource provides links to legislation and regulations related to medical countermeasures.
The Biodefense Policy Landscape Analysis Tool can be utilized to better understand the current state of the US biodefense enterprise.
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has released a second-generation, publicly available tool that maps out current biodefense responsibilities and brings clarity to the tangle of laws, directives, and agencies that together protect US citizens.
Gene-editing technology - including manipulation of the human germline - is advancing rapidly, yet the standards and regulations to govern its use have not kept pace.
The very nature of gene drives, designed to force their genetically-modified characteristics into a population, could make their effects difficult or impossible to reverse.