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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: TBASpeaker Bio: David A. Relman, M.D., is the Thomas C. and Joan M.

A Worst Practices Guide to Preventing Insider Threats

April 7, 2017

Video of Worst Practices Guide 5 16 17 Abstract: High-security organizations around the world face devastating threats from insiders—trusted employees with access to sensitive information,...

Can Biosecurity Scale? Policy and Technical Challenges Posed by Next Generation DNA Synthesis

October 7, 2016

Abstract: DNA synthesis providers form the primary biosecurity safety net for the synthetic biology industry.

Biotechnology and Security: Are We Prepared?

April 12, 2016

Abstract: Biotechnology is rapidly diffusing globally.

Global Alliance for Genomics and Health: Genome Data Sharing

March 28, 2016

Abstract: Industry, medical centers, academics and patient advocates have come together to create common standards for the representation and exchange of genomics information for both research and...

Winning an Innovation War: Managing Risks from Emerging Technologies

March 14, 2016

Abstract: Faster evolving technologies, new peer adversaries, and the increased role of non-government entities changes how we think about decisions to develop and adopt new technology....

Biosecurity and social responsibility in an era of citizen science

February 1, 2016

Abstract: Technological and social forces are allowing the growth of science outside a professionalized context.  The Internet, mobile devices, and public availability of big data are technological...

Reimagining Biotechnology

January 25, 2016

Abstract: Biotechnology is in a transition from artisanal tools and methods to computer-controlled, high-throughput systems that allow research and development at industrial scale.

Technology Impact on Biosecurity Policy and Practice

October 26, 2015

Abstract: The threat of biological attack on the people of the United States and the world, whether intentional, natural or accidental, is of growing concern, both in spite of and because of...

New bio-based supply chains for drugs

May 11, 2015

Abstract: Recent advances in synthetic biology are transforming our capacities to make things with biology.

What is synthetic biology and why does it matter?

February 24, 2014

About the topic: Products developed using recombinant DNA methods account for over $300 billion in annual U.S.

What's out there? Microbial diversity, security, and the public health

October 14, 2013

More information TBA.    Speaker bio: David A. Relman, M.D., is the Thomas C. and Joan M.

A New Paradigm for Engaging the War on Infectious Diseases

April 29, 2013

From the 1950s through the 1970s, the success of antibiotics and vaccines in controlling or eradicating infectious diseases (ID) worldwide resulted in decreased emphasis on development of ID...

Accomplishments of the Soviet Biological Warfare Program, 1928-1991, and Its Legacy

April 16, 2012

The book The Soviet Biological Weapons Program: A History by Milton Leitenberg and Raymond A. Zilinskas is scheduled to be published on May 14, 2012 by Harvard University Press.

Dual Use Research of Concern: Avian H5N1 influenza adaption to a mammalian host

March 12, 2012

The life sciences have many examples of where research results and technologies can be used for good, but also for bad purposes.

Mechanisms of Antibiotic Resistance and the Impact of Drug Resistance on the Development and Use of Antibiotics

January 23, 2012

Antibiotics have represented the primary line of defense for treating bacterial infections since 1935 when the first sulfur-containing compounds were introduced.

Designing Policy using Modeling within Complex Socio-Technical Systems

December 1, 2011

Robert Glass, Jr. is the 2011-2012 Perry Fellow at CISAC.

What to Do about Flu? A Public Health Challenge

November 28, 2011

Infectious diseases, especially those transmitted from person to person through the respiratory route, continue to pose a threat to the global community.

The Impact of European Missile Defense on Russia's Strategic Deterrence

October 24, 2011

Russia has had a long history of opposing US missile defense activities. Most recently, Russian concern focused on the alleged capability of the "third site" to intercept Russian ICBMs.

Combating Counterfeit Medications: A Pharmacist's Perspective

October 3, 2011

The production and distribution of counterfeit medications has become a significant global public health issue.

Escaping the 'Half-pipe of Doom:' Is the IPCC Model Transferable to Issues of Safety and Security of Biotechnology?

May 13, 2010

Exponential advances in the life sciences, particularly in the realm of biotechnology, have been held to raise the classic concerns of "dual-use" research: the same technologies that propel...

Microbial Forensics for Attribution of Biological Attacks: How well will it work?

March 11, 2010

Since the 2001 anthrax attacks, members of the biosecurity community and US government officials have expressed a growing sense of alarm at the threat of a biological attack.  The Commission on the...

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David Relman Senior Fellow Professor, Medicine, Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Drew Endy Assistant Professor, Bioengineering
Mim John Miriam "Mim" John Affiliate