Books et al.Biosecurity

Biodefense in the 21st century

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Science  12 May 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6338, pp. 588
DOI: 10.1126/science.aan1118

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Although bioweapons have not been used in modern warfare, and bioterror events are rare, it's an open question as to whether the norms that prohibit the use of biological weapons have an expiration date. Biological techniques and equipment that could be used to create new bioweapons are available and inexpen­sive, pathogens are plentiful, and some can even be made de novo. In his new book, Biosecurity Dilemmas, Christian Enemark describes the challenges that nations face in providing biosecurity today.