Bioterrorism

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...

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...

New Game, New Rules: Limiting the Risks of Biological Engineering

September 2015

In an article published by the Council on Foreign Relations' Foreign Affairs magazine, David Relman and Marc Lipsitch examine recent advances in biological engineering as well as lapses in...

Other Publications

Evidence-Based Practice for Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response

July 2020

Yet there has been no national-level, comprehensive review of the evidence for public health emergency preparedness and response (PHEPR) practices.

Hacking the President’s DNA

November 2012

Abstract The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama.

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...

News

Years later, still unclear why US staff in Cuba, China experienced strange symptoms

December 2020

A National Academies panel commissioned by the State Department shed new light on a disturbing and still mysterious episode. Employees in the Cuban embassy reported headaches, pressure, nausea,...

Encouraging future leaders in biosecurity

September 2016

Biosecurity leaders gathered at Stanford this week to offer new ideas and perspectives on a wide range of issues critical to societal health.The conference, “Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity,” began...

U.S. Needs a New Approach for Governance of Risky Research

December 2015

The United States needs better oversight of risky biological research to reduce the likelihood of a bioengineered super virus escaping from the lab or being deliberately unleashed, according three...

Events

Biological threats: why the US is 'dangerously vulnerable'

September 27, 2017

Abstract: The threat of biological catastrophes-- stemming from natural, accidental or intentional causes-- looms ever larger as populations urbanize, global temperatures rise, and the access to...

Evolving perspectives on risk in biology and the life sciences

September 27, 2017

Abstract: Against a backdrop of emerging and reemerging infectious diseases of natural origin, fueled by changes in land use and global climate, there is an ongoing revolution in the life sciences...

Biotechnology and Security: Are We Prepared?

April 12, 2016

Abstract: Biotechnology is rapidly diffusing globally.

Projects

Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response: Use of Information Technologies and Decision Support Systems

The Nation's capacity to respond to bioterrorism depends in part on the ability of clinicians and public health officials to detect, manage, and communicate during a bioterrorism event.
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Wein Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science