Chapter

Down to Grass Roots

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226444079.003.0009
Down to Grass Roots

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Federal officials have frightened everybody over bioterrorist-crafted weapons much less likely to cause massive sickness and death than the next pandemic; and that pandemic may be one of own devising in a bustling urban neighborhood like Roxbury in a sophisticated, high-tech city like Boston, where biotechnology contributes much to the economy and future. In response to the many local concerns, the Boston Public Health Commission adopted the Biological Laboratory Regulations, to strengthen safety oversight of biological research labs across the city. Unlike the Roxbury conflict, the Magic Bullet dilemma can be resolved only by scientists for the prospects of hostile exploitation and dangerous experimentation in the new biology. Ethically aware scientists may be the most important defense against hostile exploitation and ill advised dangerous experiments in the new biology.

Keywords: bioterrorist-crafted weapons; sickness; pandemic; Roxbury; Boston; Magic Bullet; scientists; ethically aware

Chapter.  6737 words. 

Subjects: Biotechnology

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