Join an Educational Webcast on Dual Use Research on Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Aug 31, 2010
On Wednesday, September 22, 2010 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am Eastern Daylight Time, the U.S. Government is organizing a webcast on the topic of dual use research in the life sciences. Titled, "Does Your Research Raise Security Concerns? Strategies for Promoting Responsible Research in the Life Sciences," this webcast is the second in a series of Internet-based meetings aimed at engaging the international community by region. Europe is the focus of this event. It is being hosted by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity in partnership with the European Molecular Biology Organization, the European Science Foundation, the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the Institut Pasteur.
This event is premised on the notion that progress in the life sciences has the potential to transform our world. From the discovery of novel antimicrobial compounds to the emerging technologies of synthetic biology, scientific advances will lead to new approaches to improving human health, as well as addressing environmental and agricultural challenges. However, certain research and technologies that hold such immense promise, in the wrong hands, could possibly be misused to pose a threat to public health and national security. Such research is often called "dual use research." The webcast will include a discussion of dual use research within the context of antimicrobial resistance and synthetic biology, as well as various approaches to promoting the responsible conduct of research with dual use potential.