Education for Life Scientists on the Dual-Use Implications of Their Research

TitleEducation for Life Scientists on the Dual-Use Implications of Their Research
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsNixdorff, K
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume19
Issue4
Pagination1487 - 1490
Date Published12/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsBIOLOGY , Dual Use , Environmental Sciences , Instructional Methods
AbstractAdvances in the life sciences are occurring with extreme rapidity and accumulating a great deal of knowledge about life’s vital processes. While this knowledge is essential for fighting disease in a more effective way, it can also be misused either intentionally or inadvertently to develop novel and more effective biological weapons. For nearly a decade civil-academic society as well as States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention have recognised the importance of dual-use biosecurity education for life scientists as a means to foster a culture of responsibility and prevent the potential misuse of advances in the life sciences for non-peaceful purposes. Nevertheless, the implementation of dual-use biosecurity education for life scientists has made little progress in institutions of higher learning. Professional societies and academic organizations have worked from the bottom-up in developing online dual-use biosecurity education modules that can be used for instruction. However, top-down help is needed from governments if further progress is to be made in implementing biosecurity education for life scientists.
DOI10.1007/s11948-013-9478-8
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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