The Doomsday Clock is an internationally recognized design that conveys how close we are to destroying our civilization with dangerous technologies of our own making. First and foremost among these are nuclear weapons, but the dangers include climate-changing technologies, emerging... Read More
Canada's recent biosecurity partnership with Kyrgyzstan could create a
new model for preventing brain drain, showing it has learned a lot from the
Cooperative Threat Reduction program–both good and bad.
The BWC needs to return to its core business: preventing state-level bioweapon
programs. Enhancing the regime toward this end will also hinder the trickle down
of bioweapon technologies to sub-state actors and individuals.
Biotechnology–and aerosol delivery specifically–is
beginning to blur the line between solutions and threats. Could a cure for
diabetes and a dangerous pathogen be delivered in the same way? Such a scenario
isn't far off.
Voluntary standards in the synthetic biology industry point a way forward to
controlling many emerging and potentially dangerous technologies, even as they
become easier to acquire than ever before and traditional government controls
As more and more diseases are discovered to be of animal origin and the effects
of climate change on disease become clearer, now is the time to examine how best
to mobilize health professionals, policy makers, and security experts around
These seminal works have defined the discipline, challenged conventional
thinking, and expanded scientists' and policy makers'
understanding of the interaction between the life sciences and international
The fields of genetic sequencing and synthetic biology have a tried-and-true
supporter in Harvard geneticist George Church. While recognizing the potential
for misuse in any discipline, from biology to calculus, it is clear to him that
With or without a follow-on agreement to START, the number of warheads in the Russian nuclear arsenal continues to shrink. But that doesn't mean Moscow has given up modernizing its strategic nuclear forces.