Framing biosecurity: An alternative to the biotech revolution model?

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Since 11 September 2001 there is growing national and international policy focus on the increasing threat of bioterrorism. Underpinning this policy focus is a dominant flame of discourse for how to consider biosecurity threats. This paper describes some of the key ideas comprising the dominant biosecurity discourse and contrasts it with an alternative framing of the issues. To illustrate these different frames, it draws on examples from the emerging field of synthetic genomes and other biotechnologies that have generated security concerns. It argues that the current dominant flame takes away attention from other important considerations for assessing the threat from biotechnologies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalScience and Public Policy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Public Administration
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law


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