Microbiologists Respond to Bioterrorism

TitleMicrobiologists Respond to Bioterrorism
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
Corporate AuthorsNational Academy of Engineering, OEC
Date Published10/2013
PublisherNational Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
KeywordsAuthorship , BIOLOGY , Dual Use , Environmental Sciences , public safety , SCIENCE , SOCIAL responsibility
AbstractIn the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a group of microbiologists worked with the FBI to identify the individual or group who mailed letters filled with anthrax to American government officials and media personalities. Others struggled with the issues of whether and how to publish research results of potential use to terrorists. A part of the Research, Ethics, and Society project, this case can be used to address the social responsibilities of researchers, particularly those concerning scientists and engineers and their involvement in or opposition to military projects.
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