Biosecurity

Scholarly Publications

On Defining Global Catastrophic Biological Risks

July 2017

The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security has formulated an encompassing working definition of global catastrophic biological risks (GCBRs) that reflects diverse sources of risk and mechanisms...

A More Systematic Approach to Biological Risk

December 2015

Management of emerging risks in life science and technology requires new leadership and a sober assessment of the legacy of Asilomar.

How likely is it that biological agents will be used deliberately to cause widespread harm?

December 2015

The fact that biological weapons have never been used—at least in recent history—is not sufficient reason to dismiss concerns that terrorists or nations could acquire and use dangerous pathogens as...

Other Publications

Editing Biosecurity: Needs and Strategies for Governing Genome Editing

December 2018

This study’s purpose was to highlight the changing safety and security landscape engendered by the emergence of new genome editing technologies, help policy-makers and other stakeholders navigate...

CHP/PCOR Quarterly Update, Spring 2008 Issue

April 2008

This issue of CHP/PCOR's Quarterly Update covers news from the Winter 2008 quarter and includes articles about: the Russian Mortality Crisis and the effect of Gorbachev’s anti-alcohol campaign on...

Five- and Ten-Year Homeland Security Goals

January 2007

Testimony before the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee on "Five- and Ten-Year Homeland Security Goals." In the afternoon session on 30 January 2007, the...

News

Embrace experimentation in biosecurity governance

April 2020

As biological research and its applications rapidly evolve, new attempts at the governance of biology are emerging, challenging traditional assumptions about how science works and who is...

How Taiwan Used Big Data, Transparency and a Central Command to Protect Its People from Coronavirus

March 2020

Taiwan is only 81 miles off the coast of mainland China and was expected to be hard hit by the coronavirus, due to its proximity and the number of flights between the island nation and its massive...

Events

CANCELED: The Social and Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Asia and Beyond

February 25, 2020

 IMPORTANT EVENT UPDATE: In keeping with Stanford University's March 3 message to the campus community on COVID-19 and current recommendations of the CDC, the Asia-Pacific Research Center is...

Good Science and Silenced Security: On Anticipatory Governance in Biobanking

January 15, 2020

Seminar Recording: https://youtu.be/P1-Q0OSo4yM About this Event: The governance of big data and the prevention of their misuse is among the most topical issues in current debates among security...

At life’s frontiers: the case for epistemic subsidiarity

March 17, 2018

Abstract: International cooperation has long been founded on the idea that securing a common factual understanding of things in the world is a prerequisite for deciding how to act in concert....

Multimedia

Ebola Panel

September 2014

Video of Ebola-Stanford Panel  The Ebola epidemic, which could affect hundreds of thousands of West Africans, can only be contained by rebuilding public trust and local health systems decimated by years of neglect, according to a panel convened by...

People

1 RSD13 085 0052a 001 David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
endy Drew Endy Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
rsd19 067 0053a Adam Elliott CISAC Honors Student
rsd19 067 0015a 1 Eva Frankel CISAC Honors Student