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Bull World Health Organ. 2009 Sep;87(9):720-3.

Governance of dual-use research: an ethical dilemma.

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Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia. michael.selgelid@anu.edu.au

Abstract

Scenarios where the results of well-intentioned scientific research can be used for both good and harmful purposes give rise to what is now widely known as the 'dual-use dilemma'. There has been growing debate about the dual-use nature of life science research with implications for making biological weapons. This paper reviews several controversial publications that have been the focus of debates about dual-use life science research and critically examines relevant policy developments, particularly in the United States of America. Though the dual-use dilemma is inherently ethical in nature, the majority of debates about dual-use research have primarily involved science and security experts rather than ethicists. It is important that there is more ethical input into debates about the governance of dual-use research.

PMID:
19784453
PMCID:
PMC2739909
DOI:
10.2471/blt.08.051383
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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