Dangerous Crossing

Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester

in Breeding Bio Insecurity

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226444055
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226444079 | DOI:
Dangerous Crossing

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This chapter provides an overview of the dangerous future posed by the threats in the name of biosecurity, which is very complex because there are no simple solutions for it, but there are only realistic strategies that can reduce the threats. In the years following 9/11, the United States has poured out billions of dollars for massive expansion of high-biosecurity labs. Perhaps a quarter of the nearly $50 billion in the U.S. biodefense program goes to research and developing bioweapons countermeasures such as antibiotics, antivirals, antidotes, and vaccines, in a rush to protect the nation from bioterrorism. These federal biodefense activities in the name of security in fact are putting everyone at ever-greater risk. Thus, informed citizens must distinguish between policy proposals that build protection against genuine public health threats and those that use fear and alarmist tactics to lead away from biosecurity while claiming to protect.

Keywords: biosecurity; threats; biodefense program; bioweapons; bioterrorism; biodefense activities

Chapter.  5693 words. 

Subjects: Biotechnology

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