A Web of Prevention: Biological Weapons, Life Sciences and by Brian Rapper, Caitriona McLeish

By Brian Rapper, Caitriona McLeish

Given that September eleven, governments and the general public at huge in lots of nations have raised critical matters approximately clinical examine within the lifestyles sciences that will inadvertently facilitate the advance of organic or chemical guns. This state of the art quantity examines the total quantity of the problems and debates.Coverage comprises an summary of contemporary medical achievements in virology, microbiology, immunology and genetic engineering as a way to asking how they could facilitate the creation of guns of mass destruction via kingdom, sub-state or terrorist organisations. recognition is given to what we now have and haven’t realized from the prior. utilising either educational research and reflections by means of practitioners, the publication examines the security-inspired governance regimes for the lifestyles sciences which are below improvement. finally the authors learn what's required to shape a accomplished and manageable “web of prevention” and spotlight the significance of encouraging discussions among teachers and coverage makers in regards to the governance of important yet possibly harmful learn.

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G. codes of ethics or laws) might help to ensure ethical behaviour. A code of ethics would help to set the normative standards for the 3213 J&J A Web of Prevention 31/8/07 2:40 pm Page 23 Life Sciences or Death Sciences 23 behaviour that we must strive to have implemented as one of the necessary, although not alone sufficient, protections against bioterrorism. The international scientific community, in particular, has a key role to play in ensuring that efforts to manage the risks improve security and strengthen international collaboration to ensure non-malicious use of scientific advances.

Reflecting the complexity of countering biological weapons and the rise of networks in other areas of international relations, in 2006 the UN SecretaryGeneral proposed the creation of: 3213 J&J A Web of Prevention 8 31/8/07 2:40 pm Page 8 A Web of Prevention … a forum that will bring together the various stakeholders – Governments, industry, science, public health, security, the public writ large – into a common program, built from the bottom up, to ensure that biotechnology’s advances are used for the public good and that the benefits are shared equitably around the world.

As identified by Slaughter (2004, pp10–11), these include the ‘scale, scope and type’ of transgovernmental ties, the ‘wider array of functions’ performed than in the past, and the fact that they have ‘spread far beyond regulators to judges and legislators’. Reflecting the complexity of countering biological weapons and the rise of networks in other areas of international relations, in 2006 the UN SecretaryGeneral proposed the creation of: 3213 J&J A Web of Prevention 8 31/8/07 2:40 pm Page 8 A Web of Prevention … a forum that will bring together the various stakeholders – Governments, industry, science, public health, security, the public writ large – into a common program, built from the bottom up, to ensure that biotechnology’s advances are used for the public good and that the benefits are shared equitably around the world.

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