By Brian Rappert, Caitriona McLeish
Web of Prevention presents a well timed contribution to the present debate approximately existence technological know-how study and its implications for safeguard. it really is an informative advisor for either specialists and the general public. it's a forward-looking contribution overlaying either ends of the equation and creates momentum for the present dialogue on powerful preventive measures and potent keep watch over measures. whereas there are not any promises for fighting misuse, there are still the most important steps the realm group can take in the direction of the overarching target of an international community for the existence sciences. This booklet sheds mild on concrete steps towards the fulfillment of this beneficial aim.
"This ebook with its number of essays presents an in-depth research of some of the together reinforcing parts that jointly create and increase an internet of prevention - or of coverage - that's very important to make sure that the advances within the lifestyles sciences aren't misused to reason damage. All these engaged within the existence sciences and in coverage making in governments world wide should still learn this e-book to allow them to take steps to bolster the net fighting organic weapons".
From the Foreword by way of Dr Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack, leader, guns of Mass Destruction department, workplace for Disarmament Affairs, United Nations.
"Since September eleven, 2001 in lots of international locations renewed consciousness has been given to how learn within the existence sciences may inadvertently or deliberately facilitate the advance of organic or chemical guns. This cutting-edge quantity examines the whole quantity of the problems and debates. insurance contains an outline of modern clinical achievements in virology, microbiology, immunology and genetic engineering on the way to asking how they may facilitate the creation of guns of mass destruction by way of country, sub-state or terrorist corporations. attention is given to what we've got and have not discovered from the earlier. applying either educational research and reflections through practitioners, the booklet examines the security-inspired governance regimes for the lifestyles sciences which are less than improvement. finally the authors study what's required to shape a accomplished and potential internet of prevention and spotlight the significance of encouraging discussions among scientists, coverage makers and others in regards to the governance of important yet very likely harmful research".
Dr Graham S. Pearson, vacationing Professor of foreign defense, collage of Bradford, united kingdom and formerly Director-General, Chemical and organic Defence institution, united kingdom
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Extra info for A web of prevention : biological weapons, life sciences and the governance of research
One example of the sort of innovative work that can be generated when traditional and non-traditional security stakeholders come together is when governance of dual use research is considered as an international health security issue. This includes details of the work performed by a specially convened scientific working group consisting of a mix of public health workers, academicians, researchers, policy-makers, security experts and representatives from international organizations. These chapters then attempt to reflect key parts of the web of prevention.
To reiterate its overall message: physicians and scientists must today, even more crucially than in the past, first do no harm – primum non nocere. And to paraphrase a provision in the modern Hippocratic Oath: physicians and scientists shall remember that they have a pact with society to advance knowledge and to apply that knowledge for the good of humanity. Scientists and scientific institutions must act responsibly to limit the potential misuse of scientific materials and information by potential bioweaponeers.
We, Somerville and Atlas (2005), proposed a Code of Ethics for the Life Sciences as a way of engaging the scientific community and the broader public in a discussion of the actions needed for responsible conduct that could help to protect against the potential catastrophic impacts of biological weapons. Given the potential harm that could be done to humanity by biological weapons, we considered such responsible conduct by the scientific community essential and therefore proposed that the life sciences community have a mandatory obligation to follow the proposed code.