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
Do you think the hands of the Doomsday Clock should be closer to or farther from midnight?
Leonid F. Ryabikhin
Ryabikhin is the executive secretary and coordinator of the biosecurity program of the Russian Committee of Scientists for Global Security and Arms Control. He is an expert in Russian arms control. In 2004, he contributed to the book, Arms Race and Nuclear Developments in South Asia.
Bioscience and biotechnology have an inherent dual-use nature, and genetic information, as an integral part of bioscience, has the same nature. So, yes, the availability of genetic information is dangerous.
Security experts, members of the arms control community, and bioscientists routinely name
bioterrorism as one of the most challenging threats to national and international security. In my
view, they have overestimated the potential use of biological agents by terrorist groups or