The Biological Weapons Convention Review Conference yielded both progress and missed opportunities.
The wild potential effects of fast-paced DNA sequencing and other new biotechnologies are not the only things to be worried about. We still lack a system to monitor and assess these advances.
A simple, cost-effective way to help ensure biosecurity.
The Biological Weapons Convention has a problem: It is both for and against international cooperation. It's time to look at a model that works.
Meaningful progress seems possible for the first time in years.
Leaps and bounds in the life sciences are causing some to worry that the Biological Weapons Convention can't keep up with scientific progress.
Outmoded thinking about dual use in the life sciences unnecessarily focuses efforts to prevent bioterror and biowarfare on individual scientists, distracting us from enabling truly prophylactic policies.
The bioweapons treaty needs urgently to be set on a stronger course -- one in which it can better adapt to the ever-changing threat environment.
Senator Lugar and other politicians must work to ensure that biosecurity education is addressed during the BTWC Review Conference in 2011.
A look at how an international group could bridge the gap between scientific and technical issues and common policies and practices.
As they noted rapid advances in the life sciences, non-governmental organizations contributed significantly to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention’s experts meeting.
Getting to grips with the implications of the rapid advances in the life sciences.
Potential hostile misuses of neurotechnologies and neurological drugs should be examined as new dual-use issues emerge.
Civil society and BWC member states must begin discussions now, rather than later, if they want to present viable options and strategies that will influence next year's conference.
Discoveries that drugs and bioregulators can quickly be routed to the brain through the nose illustrates the scope of dual-use threats and the need to prevent future misuse.
As advances in the life sciences continue at a breakneck pace, bioethicists will be needed to guide researchers through serious dual-use dilemmas.
The inconsistent U.S. message on verification of the Biological Weapons Convention compared with other international treaties leaves some with nightmares.
After years of discussion around teaching a "culture of responsibility" to life scientists, it's about time to put talk into practice.