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By Category: Biotechnology

Op-Ed – Dual-Use Research: Is it possible to protect the public without encroaching rights?

T. Tosin Fadeyi, Master’s Candidate, Biotechnology (Biodefense and Biosecurity Concentration), University of Maryland University College For decades, scientists have had reasonable freedom and control over their research and experiments and able to publish and share their work without much inconvenience. The freedom of creativity in the field of science is much like that of an  Read More »

Op-Ed – Science Needs for Microbial Forensics: Developing Initial International Research Priorities

Committee on Science Needs Microbial Forensics: Developing an Initial International Roadmap, Board on Life Sciences, Division of Earth and Life Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies. Today we find ourselves with a complex infrastructure of government agencies, Select Agent registries, regulated research, environmental monitoring in designated cities, federal and state regulations—all resulting from  Read More »

Op-Ed – How not to “run afowl” of deemed export regulations

Kimberly Orr, DVM, PhD Microbiologist and Senior Biologist Chemical Biological Controls at Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce Most life science research which is published and considered fundamental research is not subject to export license requirements in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), administered by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) of  Read More »

Op-Ed – What’s the Risk Associated with Citizen Scientists?

Dr. Todd Kuiken Woodrow Wilson Center Science and Technology Innovation Program Despite what has been recently reported in the New York Times article, “Amateurs Are the New Fear in Creating Mutant Viruses,” the risk of the amateur do-it-yourself (DIY) or citizen science movement is little to none when it comes to biosecurity or the risk  Read More »