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Breeding Bio Insecurity: How U.S. Biodefense Is Exporting Fear, Globalizing Risk, and Making Us All Less Secure

Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester


In the years since the 9/11 attacks—and the subsequent lethal anthrax letters—the United States has spent billions of dollars on measures to defend the population against the threat of biological weapons. But as this book argues, all that money and effort hasn't made us any safer—in fact, it has made us more vulnerable. The book reveals the mistakes made to this point and lays out the necessary steps to set us on the path toward true biosecurity. The fundamental problem with the current approach, according to the book, is the danger caused by the sheer size and secrecy of our biodefense effort ... More

Keywords: bioweapons, biosecurity, 9/11 attacks, scientific ethics, risk, biodefense, public health

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226444055
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226444079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn C. Klotz, author

Edward J. Sylvester, author