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Science and Security: The Moratorium on H5N1 “Gain-of-Function” Experiments

The Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 virus poses a public health threat in many regions of the world. Approximately 600 human cases have been reported since 2003, with a laboratory-confirmed case fatality rate of up to 60% according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The recent death of a woman from southwest China, attributed [...]

The post Science and Security: The Moratorium on H5N1 “Gain-of-Function” Experiments appears in the Public Interest Report, the semiannual journal from FAS. The PIR brings together articles from writers both outside and inside FAS to engage the general public in the important issues FAS works on.

First International VBC Conference: Video Available

The First Virtual Biosecurity Center international conference, 1 September 2011, can be accessed here. This conference explored the role of web-based networks in promoting global biosecurity, and provided an opportunity for experts from around the world to identify best practices and partnerships, and determine the feasibility of linking existing networks for global communication. For more […]

BIO 2011 Biosecurity Conference

Coverage of some of the key sessions from the Biosecurity Conference at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) 2011, which occurred in Washington DC on June 29-30, can be found in the FAS Biosecurity Blog. A View from the Hill: A Conversation on Global Biodefense and Biosecurity Jim Greenwood, the President of BIO, opened the first […]

The Monthly Roundup: June 2011

Popular headlines in biosecurity news The Monthly Roundup is a new article featuring the top news stories from the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC). The VBC is a global resource for daily biosecurity news and current topics. Every month, a collection of the VBC’s most popular headlines will be summarized with a brief analysis to keep […]

Nishal Mohan

Globalizing Biosecurity: The Virtual Biosecurity Center

Dr. Nishal Mohan, Biosecurity Program Manager at the Federation of American Scientists and the Executive Director of the Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC), spoke on the subject of ‘Globalizing Biosecurity: The Virtual Biosecurity Center’ at Princeton University on April 8, 2011. This talk is part of the Princeton Biosecurity Seminar Series, sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation. […]

Position Filled – Biosecurity Education Project Manager

The Biosecurity Program at the Federation of American Scientists is expanding! Job Title: Biosecurity Education Project Manager Location: Washington, D.C. Job Type: Temporary position ending September 16, 2011 but with a possibility of becoming a permanent position thereafter. Description: The Federation of American Scientists’ Biosecurity Program is seeking a smart, energetic individual to manage the […]

The Virtual Biosecurity Center

Please do not forget to check out one of our exciting new additions to the Biosecurity Program: The Virtual Biosecurity Center. The Virtual Biosecurity Center (VBC) is the ‘one stop shop’ for biosecurity information, education, best practices, and collaboration. To find out more about the VBC and how you may play a role in coordinating […]

Biological Weapons Convention: More Communication & Collaboration Needed

On 6th of December 2010, Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, delivered a message to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of the State Parties on the need for structured and regular means of monitoring developments in science and technology to reduce risks to international security and achieving global biological disarmament. “While much is […]