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In the years since the 9/11 attacksand#8212;and the subsequent lethal anthrax lettersand#8212;the United States has spent billions of dollars on measures to defend the population against the threat of biological weapons. But as Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester argue forcefully in Breeding Bio Insecurity, all that money and effort hasnand#8217;t made us any saferand#8212;in fact, it has made us more vulnerable.

Breeding Bio Insecurity reveals the mistakes made to this point and lays out the necessary steps to set us on the path toward true biosecurity. The fundamental problem with the current approach, according to the authors, is the danger caused by the sheer size and secrecy of our biodefense effort. Thousands of scientists spread throughout hundreds of locations are now working with lethal bioweapons agentsand#8212;but their inability to make their work public causes suspicion among our enemies and allies alike, even as the enormous number of laboratories greatly multiplies the inherent risk of deadly accidents or theft. Meanwhile, vital public health needs go unmet because of this new biodefense focus. True biosecurity, the authors argue, will require a multipronged effort based in an understanding of the complexity of the issue, guided by scientific ethics, and watched over by a vigilant citizenry attentive to the difference between fear mongering and true analysis of risk.

An impassioned warning that never loses sight of political and scientific reality, Breeding Bio Insecurity is a crucial first step toward meeting the evolving threats of the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Edward J. Sylvester (1942-2014) was a science journalist and the author of three books on cutting-edge medical research, as well as the highly acclaimed The Gene Age, in which he and Lynn Klotz introduced lay audiences to the emerging biotechnology revolution.

Table of Contents

1. Dangerous Crossing

2. A Future Bright and Dark

3. A Hawk Turns to Peace, Doves Go to War

4. Devils Weand#8217;ve Known

5. Paranoia Begets Permissiveness

6. Dangerous Acquaintances

7. Whoand#8217;s Minding the Store?

8. All Roads Must Lead to Public Health

9. Down to Grass Roots

10. Acting Globally

Product Details

Klotz, Lynn C.
University of Chicago Press
Sylvester, Edward J.
United States Military policy.
Communicable diseases -- Prevention.
Military Science
Life Sciences - Biology - General
Life Sciences - Bacteriology
Science Reference-Technology
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