Biosecurity, Bioethics and Dual Use

Security and Dual Use Issues in Neurosciences

Paper n°1 of the Review Series on Science and Security.
By Malcolm Dando

 

The first paper of the EUBARnet Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects is by Prof. Malcolm Dando, expert of the Network and Professor at the University of Bradford in the UK. The paperdeals with Security and Dual Use Issues in Neuroscience, dealing with chemical weapons, the CWC, the prohibition regime and incapacitating agents.

 

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Education and Ethics in the Life Sciences. Strengthening the Prohibition of Biological Weapons

Book Edited by Brian Rappert, available for download from the website of Australian National University. It examines attempts to bring greater awareness on security issues in the life sciences, in a range of contexts and countries. Contributors are from a range of fields including  politics, virology, sociology, ethics, security studies, microbiology, and medicine.

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WHO Responsible life sciences research for global health security

This 2010 guidance document from the World Health Organization results from a project aimed to promoting safe, secure and responsible life science research. The document presents guideline for a management framework for life science research basing on the three pillars of research excellence, ethics, and laboratory biosafety and biosecurity. In the final part, the guidance also proposes a self-assessment questionnaire.

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Lezione su biosicurezza e comunicazione del rischio

Lezione (in italiano) del Prof. Alessandro Magnagnensi (Università di Milano) sulla responsabilità e le linee guida sulla comunicazione del rischio da parte degli scienziati. Dal seminario EUBARnet di Torino, 11/05/2012.

Lezione su approcci etici ai potenziali impatti ambientali di scienze e tecnologie della vita

Lezione del Prof. Maurizio Balistreri (EUBARnet e Università di Torino) sugli aspetti etici e i potenziali impatti ambientali di scienze e tecnologie della vita. Dal seminario EUBARnet di Torino, del 11/05/2012. Video della lezione, e altre lezioni dallo stesso seminario.

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Lecture on Ethics of environmental conservation and prevention

Lecture of Prof. Henk Zandvoort (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands) from the EUBARnet seminar of Milano (Italy) on 10/05/2012, and Turin on 11/05/2012. Prof. Zandvoort talks on Ethics of environmental conservation and prevention, including the governance of risk, the ethical principles governing consequences of research, and the discussion over liability. He also addressed examples of both “dual use” cases and environmental accidents in the EU. Download the lecture in PDF, see the video from Milan, and from Turin, and look at the other lectures of the same seminar.

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Moral Obligations for Synthetic Biology Research

Paper n. 7 of the EUBARnet Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security
by Stefan Eriksson

The seventh paper of the EUBARnet Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects of Biosecurity is authored by Prof. Stefan Eriksson from the Center of Research Ethics and Bioethics of the University of Uppsala. The paper 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.

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Should We Improve Human Nature? The Philosophical Debate On Enhancement

Paper n.6 of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects
By Maurizio Balistreri

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

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Private Sector and Codes

Paper n.5 of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects
By James Revill

The fourth paper of the EUBARnet Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects is by Dr James Revill, expert of the Network and Researcher at SPRU at University of Sussex in the UK. The paper presents some examples of codes of conduct and practice on biosecurity and dual use issues.

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Biological Weapons and the Biological Weapons Convention: Bioethics and Dual-Use

Paper n.4 of the Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects
By Malcolm Dando

The fourth paper of the EUBARnet Review Series on Policy, Ethics and Security Aspects is by Prof. Malcolm Dando, expert of the Network and Professor at the University of Bradford in the UK. The paper provides a brief introduction on the considerations given by bioethics to the “dual use dilemma”.

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