Biosecurity Education for Life Scientists

The missing past, inadequate present, and uncertain future

Authored by: Malcolm Dando

Routledge Handbook of Global Health Security

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415645478
eBook ISBN: 9780203078563
Adobe ISBN: 9781136155574


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It is not difficult to find concerns about the hostile misuse of advances in the modern life sciences today. For example the report on Global Strategic Trends-Out to 2040 published by the UK Ministry of Defence’s Development, Concepts and Doctrine Centre (DCDC) pointed out that:

The CBRN [Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear] threat from state and non-state actors is likely to increase, facilitated by lowering of some entry barriers, dual purpose industrial facilities and the proliferation of technical knowledge and expertise. Terrorist attacks using chemical, biological and radiological weapons are likely, as are mass-casualty attacks using novel methods.

(DCDC 2010:15, italics emphasis in original) “Likely” in this text indicates an assumed probability of between 60% and 90%.

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