Recent Scholarly Publications

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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...

Strategies for Combating Bioterrorism

December 2008

Sverdlovsk Revisited: Modeling Human Inhalation Anthrax

May 2006

Several models have been proposed for the dose-response function and the incubation period distribution for human inhalation anthrax.

Biotechnology and Bioterrorism: An Unprecedented World

December 2004

The web of measures that comprise the nuclear non-proliferation regime continues to hold at bay the "nuclear-armed crowd" that was part of President John F. Kennedy's alarming vision in 1963.

Effectiveness of Nuclear Weapons against Buried Biological Agents

December 2004

This report describes the results of some calculations on the effectiveness of penetrating nuclear weapons of yield 1 and 10 kilotons against targets containing biological agents.

Art or Bioterrorism? Implications of the Kurtz Case for Research Science and for Limiting Terrorist Threats

December 2004

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...

Toward Biological Security

June 2002

The anthrax attacks in fall 2001, and the fear and confusion that followed, made it all too clear that the United States lacks a comprehensive strategy for coping with bioterrorism.

Keeping National Missile Defense in Perspective

January 2002

The United States is in the midst of its third major debate on nationwide ballistic missile defense-the first culminating in the 1972 ABM Treaty and the second sparked by President Reagan's "Star...

Correspondence: Responding to Chemical and Biological Threats

April 2001

The official U.S.

Biological Terrorism and Public Health

April 2001

A biological terrorist attack probably would first be detected by doctors or other health-care workers.

Commitment Trap, The: Why The United States Should Not Use Nuclear Threats to Deter Biological and Chemical Weapons Attacks

April 2000

How should the United States deal with so-called rogue states that threaten to use chemical or biological weapons against the U.S. homeland or its troops abroad?


Wein Lawrence M. Wein Professor, Management Science