Malcolm Dando

Articles by Malcolm Dando

9 June 2008

Raising life scientists' awareness

Malcolm Dando

In April 1980, the Bulletin published an article by former intelligence analyst Henry T. Nash titled "The Bureaucratization of Homicide." (The article was subsequently reprinted in E. P. Thompson's Protest and Survive.) In the article, Nash reflected on his experiences as a nuclear targeting planner in the U.S.

12 May 2008

Missed opportunities at the chemical weapons treaty meeting

Malcolm Dando

Prior to the Chemical Weapons Convention's (CWC) Second Review Conference last month, several attempts were made to raise the issue of the potential for incapacitating chemical agents to skirt the convention's rules. Despite these efforts, when the convention adjourned in mid-April, little had been done to address the issue.

22 April 2008

Getting scientists involved in arms control

Malcolm Dando

Earlier this month Macedonian Amb. Georgi Avramchev addressed the "Second International Forum on Biosecurity" in Budapest and stressed the importance of including scientists and scientific organizations in the proceedings of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). Delegations at BWC meetings have always included scientific experts, but Avramchev confirmed what many in attendance knew to be true, that scientists had not always been given the time or opportunity to contribute their expertise adequately.

9 April 2008

An Interview with Malcolm Dando

Malcolm Dando
19 March 2008

The Dutch experiment with a biosecurity code of conduct

Malcolm Dando

In recent years, scientists and security experts have advocated for codes of conduct as a means to prevent the modern life sciences from being misused for hostile purposes--the so-called dual-use problem. But how exactly would such codes work, and how would they be received by the scientific community? The implementation of a code of conduct in the Netherlands in mid-2007 serves as an example of what can be expected.

1 November 2005
The chances of a massive bioterrorism attack remain low. It's the small-scale attacks that warrant real concern.
1 January 2003
The United States may have rejected the bioweapons protocol because it is committed to continuing and expanding its secret programs.
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Making viruses in the lab deadlier and more able to spread: an accident waiting to happen

Tatyana Novossiolova Malcolm Dando

Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison poses the unnecessary risk that bio-engineered viruses could turn into a pandemic threat