1 May 2010

Reflections on the Synthetic Production of Poliovirus

Michael J. Selgelid

Michael J. Selgelid is a senior research fellow in the Centre for
Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) at Australian National University in


Lorna Weir

Lorna Weir is a professor in the Department of Sociology and the Graduate Programme in Science and Technology Studies at York University in Toronto. She is author of Pregnancy, Risk, and...

In 2002, three microbiologists announced the artificial synthesis of poliovirus, provoking international outrage and concern that other deadly viruses could also be created. Years later, they look back on their work and discuss ethics, security, and the future of synthetic biology.