A Precautionary Principle for Dual Use Research in the Life Sciences

TitleA Precautionary Principle for Dual Use Research in the Life Sciences
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKuhlau, F, HÖGlund, AT, Evers, K, Eriksson, S
JournalBioethics
Volume25
Issue1
Pagination1-8
Type of ArticleArticle
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number02699702
Accession Number56090381
KeywordsBIOETHICS , Biological , BIOLOGY , DECISION , ENVIRONMENTAL , MEDICINE , Methodology , MILITARY , Moral , policy , professional , research , RISK
AbstractMost life science research entails dual-use complexity and may be misused for harmful purposes, e.g. biological weapons. This article looks at how the precautionary principle can be applied to to the field of dual-use life science research. Four central elements of the principle are examined: threat, uncertainty, prescription and action. Certain factors such as credibility of the threat, availability of information, clear prescriptive demands on responsibility and directives on how to act, determine the suitability and success of a Precautionary Principle. Moreover, policy-makers and researchers share a responsibility for providing and seeking information about potential sources of harm.
NotesKUHLAU, FRIDA 1 HÖGLUND, ANNA T. 1 EVERS, KATHINKA 1 ERIKSSON, STEFAN 1; Affiliation: 1: Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics, Uppsala University, Sweden; Source Info: Jan2011, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p1; Subject Term: BIOETHICS; Subject Term: RESEARCH -- Moral & ethical aspects; Subject Term: BIOLOGICAL warfare; Subject Term: DECISION making; Subject Term: ENVIRONMENTAL health; Subject Term: POLICY sciences; Subject Term: RISK management; Subject Term: METHODOLOGY; Subject Term: MORAL & ethical aspects; Number of Pages: 8p; Document Type: Article
DOI10.1111/j.1467-8519.2009.01740.x
Short TitleA PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE FOR DUAL USE RESEARCH IN THE LIFE SCIENCES

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