Genomics and future biological weapons: the need for preventive action by the biomedical community

  title={Genomics and future biological weapons: the need for preventive action by the biomedical community},
  author={Claire M. Fraser and Malcolm R. Dando},
  journal={Nature Genetics},
There is an increasing concern within both the scientific and security communities that the ongoing revolution in biology has great potential to be misused in offensive biological weapons programs. In light of the 11 September tragedy, we can no longer afford to be complacent about the possibility of biological terrorism. Here we review the major relevant trends in genomics research and development, and discuss how these capabilities might be misused in the design of new bioweapons. We also… CONTINUE READING

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