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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...

Containing the Risks of Bioengineered Super Viruses

September 2015

Genetically engineered viruses could open up a Pandora's box of biosecurity threats. CISAC co-director David Relman explains how we can keep a lid on it.

Preparation is key to avoiding 'worst-case outcome,' Chertoff says

April 2008

CISAC members Lynn Eden, Martha Crenshaw, and Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar participated in"Germ Warfare, Contagious Disease and the Constitution," a daylong event co-hosted by Stanford Law School....

CISAC awards 14 honors certificates in international security studies

June 2007

CISAC awarded honors certificates in international security studies to 14 undergraduates.

CISAC researcher mines old anthrax release for new data

June 2006

In 1979, anthrax was accidentally released in the city of Sverdlovsk (pop. 1,200,000) in the former Soviet Union, infecting about 80 to 100 people and killing at least 70.

Operations research, mathematics yield homeland security decision tools

March 2006

George Habash, a militant and former secretary-general of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, once characterized terrorism as a "thinking man's game." Fighting terrorism is a...

Fighting terror: It takes a village

March 2005

The public focus on potential bioterrorism may overlook a more likely threat of chemical terrorism, according to CISAC Science Fellow Margaret E. Kosal.

Art or bioterrorism? Implications of the Kurtz case for research science and for limiting terrorist threats

February 2005

One spring morning in 2004, Professor Steven Kurtz of the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo campus, woke to the horrid discovery that his wife of twenty years had died overnight from a...

University Scholars Play Prominent Role in Charting Reforms for United Nations

January 2005

A new united nations report recommending the most sweeping reform in the institution's history offers a global vision of collective security for the 21st century that is as committed to development...

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