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Breeding Bio InsecurityHow U.S. Biodefense Is Exporting Fear, Globalizing Risk, and Making Us All Less Secure$
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Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226444055

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226444079.001.0001

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Down to Grass Roots

Down to Grass Roots

(p.175) Chapter Nine Down to Grass Roots
Breeding Bio Insecurity

Lynn C. Klotz

Edward J. Sylvester

University of Chicago Press

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

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