Daniel M. Gerstein

Articles by Daniel M. Gerstein

4 March 2017
Features

When it comes to preparedness and response capabilities in the face of a large-scale biological incident, whether natural or human-made, American planning remains a work in progress. Recent legislation has called for a comprehensive biodefense strategy.

25 July 2016
Americas

Can the bioweapons convention survive Crispr?

Daniel M. Gerstein

Members of the Biological Weapons Convention will probably not change the treaty to accommodate for advances in genetic editing. But there is still plenty they can do to make sure Crispr and other new biotechnologies are used safely and peacefully.

25 April 2016
Americas

How genetic editing became a national security threat

Daniel M. Gerstein

Genetic editing techniques like Crispr have made it possible to rapidly and irreversibly alter plants, animals, and even humans, posing a range of threats from accidental releases to biological attacks.