By Category: Agents & Toxins

Oversight of Biodefense Research, with Dr. Matthew Meselson

Dr. Matthew Meselson, a renowned expert in chemical and biological defense and arms control, discusses biological weapons, history, science, and the need for increased oversight of U.S. biodefense research. This talk and Q&A session was hosted by the Federation of American Scientists on June 26, 2012 in Washington, DC.
Event page, with speaker bios and more information:
Dr. Meselson’s slides:

Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network (ABIN) Concept movie

Australian Biosecurity Intelligence Network (ABIN) Concept movie: When a young girl comes down with a high fever, the medical and biosecurity sectors use ABIN to find the culprit and prevent further infection.

Center for Biosecurity Sees Contagion

Center for Biosecurity of UPMC
Tom Inglesby, CEO, on the movie Contagion

Debating research into mutant H5N1 flu virus

“On 2 February, scientists and public health officials squared off in a panel discussion at the New York Academy of Sciences. At stake, the fate of two papers which describe a mutant strain of the avian influenza virus H5N1. The virus is capable of mammal-to-mammal transmission, which has raised concern that it might be transferable to humans. Several panelists sat down with Nature News to discuss their positions prior to the panel discussion.

For more on the NYAS debate, visit our blog and see our web special about the ongoing controversy over H5N1.”

Video - Anthrax Diaries

The Anthrax Diaries

A film by: Slawomir Grunberg
Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley
Slava Paperno
Kathleen M. Vogel
“… we were primarily interested in the psychological and social issues faced by the scientists who developed biological weapons. Many of them had taken the Hippocratic Oath. From the ethical point of view, it is important to understand how they reconciled the deadly aims of their work with the humanistic ambitions of their science.”