How a new framework for preliminary meetings could set the table for strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention.
The international community should create new biosafety protections to prevent the catastrophic escape of potential pandemic pathogens such as SARS and the 1918 pandemic flu.
The future of biological weapons control may depend on six countries -- China, Cuba, India, Iran, Pakistan, and Russia -- that have chosen to block progress on promising ways to counter biothreats internationally.
The National Academy of Sciences finds significant problems in scientific methodology and organization in the FBI's probe of the 2001 anthrax attacks. If not addressed, the problems could undermine future bio-attack investigations.
Major international donors have recently begun shifting their biological threat reduction efforts to countries in Africa and Southeast Asia. But the international community should not ignore the remaining challenges in the former Soviet Union.
Although the technological environment has changed dramatically since the negotiation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, the interpretation of its key terms has remained much the same. Is it time for these terms to be redefined?
Despite the well-known relationship between climate change and health, WHO has been only tangentially involved in major international climate efforts--a situation that must change.
When Soviet scientist Vladimir Pasechnik defected to Britain in 1989, he confirmed what the West had long suspected about Moscow's secret bioweapon efforts.
Recently uncovered, private notebooks of a former deputy to a high-ranking Politburo member provide new understanding of the Soviet chemical, biological, and nuclear weapon programs during the Cold War's waning days.
Recent revisions to the army's biomedical lab regulations introduce much-needed clarity in some areas. But they also raise questions about how the army will work successfully with civilian and foreign laboratories.
Scientists from around the world are partnering with industry to move beyond treaties and regulations as a way to ensure the appropriate use of biological tools.
A growing number of people have access to the tools of biology, broadly affecting scientific development, commerce, and security.
Whether it's superbugs, asteroid impacts, or nuclear attack, the potential of human extinction makes thinking about the end of the world more than an academic exercise.
Still coping with the residue from Soviet-era bioweapons programs, Central Asian scientists are using foreign assistance to improve their region's disease surveillance capabilities.
The U.S. government is exploring using a bevy of advanced neuroscience technologies to support security-related missions--but at what cost?
Building synthetic pathogens may be the easiest way to spread certain diseases, but it wouldn't be easy.
Three ways new U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon can prevent terrorists from using biological weapons.