Stephen M. Maurer

Articles by Stephen M. Maurer

5 March 2009

Grassroot efforts to impede bioterrorism

Stephen M. Maurer

Governments trying to prevent the misuse of biological research face considerable challenges. The technologies needed to create biological weapons are freely available at academic laboratories and biotech companies around the world, and researchers are constantly trading information through a complex web of open science networks and markets. Trying to identify, much less monitor or control these activities seems hopeless. How then should society keep biological information and technologies out of the hands of terrorists?