A Web of Prevention: Biological Weapons, Life Sciences and by Brian Rapper, Caitriona McLeish

By Brian Rapper, Caitriona McLeish

Considering the fact that September eleven, governments and the general public at huge in lots of nations have raised severe matters approximately clinical learn within the lifestyles sciences that may inadvertently facilitate the improvement of organic or chemical guns. This state of the art quantity examines the complete quantity of the problems and debates.Coverage comprises an outline of contemporary medical achievements in virology, microbiology, immunology and genetic engineering so as to asking how they may facilitate the construction of guns of mass destruction by way of country, sub-state or terrorist firms. recognition is given to what we've got and haven’t realized from the previous. utilizing either educational research and reflections through practitioners, the ebook examines the security-inspired governance regimes for the existence sciences which are less than improvement. finally the authors research what's required to shape a complete and potential “web of prevention” and spotlight the significance of encouraging discussions among lecturers and coverage makers in regards to the governance of significant yet in all probability risky examine.

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Large quantities of potential bio-threat agents can be and are produced for peaceful purposes). Although the BWC established the international ‘legal’ norm against the development of biological weapons, it does not include provisions specifying the consequences for failing to meet the obligations of the treaty. As pointed out by Guillemin (2006): When considering the potential threat of biological weapons in the hands of rogue states or terrorist groups, security experts tend to assume that scientists will always lend a hand to prevent such nefarious use of their research.

But there is new reason for optimism in this respect. Research in the philosophy of science shows that as long as a small clustered nucleus of ethical voices remains, despite a majority of people acting only in self-interest, ethics has a high probability of reasserting itself; however, if those voices are lost, so is ethics – at least from that source (Nowak et al, 1995; Malinas and Bigelow, 2004; Somerville, 2006a). Consequently ethics requires that we continue to try to be ethical ourselves, and to encourage and help others to do likewise, even when (or especially when) we are in a minority.

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