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New Review Paper on “Potential Environmental Impacts of Synthetic or Biological Substances of Deliberate or Accidental Origin”

In the "Libraries" section it is available the second paper of the EUBARnet Review Series on Safety and Environmental Aspects of Biosecurity is authored by Prof. Silvana Galassi from the University of Milano. The paper presents and discusses some cases of environmental risks of biochemical origin, including of accidental or deliberate nature, as well as an overview of relevant European legislation on the matter.

New Review Paper on “Legal Aspects of Biosecurity and Practice Standards in Europe”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the first paper of the Review Series on Legal Aspects of Biosecurity. The paper by Angeles Cuadrado Ruiz of the Department of Penal Law at the University of Granada presents the legal challenges in countering bioterrorism and biothreats after the attacks on 9/11 . Thus, the paper will review all the legal implications of the measures that are in use today to tackle this threats, such as the BTWC,  UNSCR 1540, practices standards and harmonisation in Europe, finally focusing on the Spanish criminal law.

New Review Paper on “Biosecurity Policy Measures at the International, Regional and Local Levels”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the eighth paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects of Biosecurity. The paper by James Revill  presents the variety of policy measures relevant to biosecurity at different levels. It summarises some of the key components of the biosecurity governance architecture. The paper continues to outline international governance measures before looking at regional initiatives and then concluding with some examples of national measures to support biosecurity.

New Review Paper on “Security and Dual Use Issues in Neurosciences”

In the "Libraries" section it is available the first paper of the EUBARnet Review Series on Science and Security. It is authored by is by Prof. Malcolm Dando, expert of the Network and Professor at the University of Bradford in the UK . The paper presents and discusses Security and Dual Use Issues in Neuroscience, dealing with chemical weapons, the CWC, the prohibition regime and incapacitating agents.

New Review Paper “Potential Environmental Impacts of Synthetic or Biological Substances of Deliberate or Accidental Origin”

In the “Libraries” section it is available the second paper of the Review Series on Safety and Environmental Aspects of Biosecurity. The paper, by Silvana Galassi from the University of Milano, presents and discusses some cases of environmental risks of biochemical origin, including of accidental or deliberate nature, as well as an overview of relevant European legislation on the matter.

New Review Paper on “Moral Obligations for Synthetic Biology Research”

In the "Libraries" section it is available the seventh paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects of Biosecurity. The paper, by Stefan Eriksson from the Center of Research Ethics and Bioethics of the University of Uppsala, discusses ethical aspects arising from synthetic biology, with specific regard to the dual use issue. It also discusses different types of moral obligations that may apply to synthetic biology – but not necessarily raising the need for novel frameworks.

New Review Paper on “The Philosophical Debate on Human Enhancement”

In the "Libraries" section it is available the sixth paper of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects. The paper, by Maurizio Balistreri from University of Torino in Italy presents the philosophical and ethical debate on the questions of enhancement of human nature and performance, thanks to developments in biotechnology and science.

Public awareness and debate on dual-use issues: the case of debate to H5N1

The case of debate to H5N1 transmission experiments in mainstream and scientific divulgation blogs The case of experiments on transmissibility of H5N1 or Avian Influenza continues to raise attention, after that  Nature has  published the paper of one of the two research groups which carried the experiments and that triggered a vast debate since the end of 2011. Late in December 2011, news reported that two research teams, at the Dutch-based Erasmus University of Rotterdam led by Dr Ron Fouchier and at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the US led by Dr Yoshihiro Kawaoka, had tweaked H5N1 virus making it potentially more contagious in mammals, possibly including humans. The naturally occurring virus has a death rate in humans of over ...

Overview on Italian Policy and Institutions on Prevention of Biological Weapons, BWC, and Biosecurity

Italy, the Biological Weapons Convention and the Prevention Regimes of Biological Weapons Italy was one of the first signatories to the Geneva Protocol of 1925 (which was ratified in 1928), and remains a State Party to the 1972 BTWC. Italy signed the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) on April 10, 1972 and ratified it in May 30, 1975. It was also among the 46 States Parties participating (see the Final Report of VEREX)  in the Ad Hoc Group of Governmental Experts to Identify and Examine Potential Verification Measures from a Scientific and Technical Standpoint (VEREX). In a Working Paper in 1992  (Working Paper By Italy on Verification Measures, VEREX 1992, ...

Seminar on Biosecurity, Safety and Environmental Impacts

When: Friday, 27 April, 2012
Where: Centre for Functional Ecology University of Coimbra, Portugal
Contacts: Ulisses Azeiteiro