Creating Monsters for the Greater Good of Humanity: The Conflicting Interests of Science and Homeland Security
Society’s rising expectations for improved treatments and better health outcomes continuously push the boundaries of discovery in biomedical research. One focus of such research is to develop the newest drugs to address humanity’s increasing exposure to emerging infectious diseases. Researchers in Europe and the U.S. recently developed the recipe for the deadly H5N1 virus in a lab setting, which sparked a debate about whether the findings should be published for public health preparedness reasons or whether this is sensitive information that may have dire homeland security consequences.
The full article (in pdf format below) by CHHS Public Health Program Manager Earl Stoddard, Senior Law & Policy Analyst Clark Lee, and Policy Analyst Patrick Rose appeared in the March/April edition of the Journal of Emergency Management.