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Following requests from States Parties and other stakeholders, the Implementation Support Unit has created this page in order to aggregate information that may be of use to States Parties in their preparations for the Eighth BWC Review Conference. A similar page was created by the ISU prior to the Seventh Review Conference in 2011.

Below you will find links to articles, press releases, papers and other resources. These links are provided for information purposes only. The views and opinions expressed in the publications are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ISU, the BWC Chairman or the States Parties. Items are posted here as a service to website readers and posting does not imply endorsement. The ISU is not responsible for the content of third party websites.

This page will be updated as and when items become available. If you have come across something that you think should be on this page, but is not at the moment, please email the document or a link directly to the ISU.


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Gregory D. Koblentz,” Dual-Use Research as a Wicked Problem,” Frontiers in Public Health, Vol. 2 (August 4, 2014), pp. 1-4

IAP - The Global Network of Science Academies, "The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Implications of Advances in Science and Technology", December 2015

Brett Edwards, "The Threat From Biological Weapons", The Cipher Brief, 17 January 2016

Piers Millett, "The Security Impact of Biotech", The Cipher Brief, 17 January 2016

Antonio Regalado, "Top U.S. Intelligence Official Calls Gene Editing a WMD Threat", MIT Tech Review, 9 February 2016

Ioana Puscas, "Synthetic Biology and ‘Amateur Science’: Dual-use and Challenges of Regulation", GCSP Strategic Security Analysis, February 2016 no.2

Piers Millett, Jo Husbands, Frances Sharples, and Audrey Thevenon, "Gain-Of-Function Research: Summary of the Second Symposium", The National Academies of Sciences, 10-11 March 2016

Daniel Gerstein, "How genetic editing became a national security threat", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 25 April 2016

Dr. Brett Edwards and Dr. James Revill, "A Decade of Synthetic Biology in the Context of the Biological and Toxin Weapon Convention and Chemical Weapon Convention", Policy Paper 10: Biochemical Security 2030 Project, May 2016

UPMC Centre for Health Security, "Reforming the Biological Weapons Convention's S&T Review Process", The Bifurcated Needle, 16 May 2016

James Giordano, "The Neuroweapons Threat", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 31 May 2016

The National Academies of Sciences: Engineering, and Medicine, "Gene Drives on the Horizon: Advancing Science, Navigating Uncertainty, and Aligning Research with Public Values", The National Academic Press, 2016

Dr, John R. Walker, "An Overview on Development, Current Challenges and Future Options For the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention", Statement made at the Opening ceremony of the 12th International Symposium on Protection against Chemical and Biological Warfare Agents, Stockholmsmässan, 8-10 June 2016

Malcolm Dando, "Find the time to discuss new bioweapons", Nature, 5 July 2016

Daniel M. Gerstein, "Can the bioweapons convention survive Crispr?", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 25 July 2016

The Interacademy Partnership, "The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Considerations for a Science advisory mechanism", Meeting Summary, July 2016

US Federal Experts Security Advisory Panel, "Fact Sheet on United States Government Culture of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Responsible Conduct in the Life Sciences"

US Federal Experts Security Advisor Panel, "In Hindsight: Scenarios that Illustrate the Importance of a Culture of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Responsible Conduct in the Life Sciences Research"

US Federal Experts Security Advisor Panel, "Strengthening an Organizational Culture that Emphasizes Biosafety, Biosecurty, and Responsible Conduct in the Life Sciences"

US Federal Experts Security Advisor Panel, "Culture of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Responsible Conduct"

EU Regional Workshop for Africa, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, "Reviewing Science and Technology", by Dr James Revill, Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, University of Sussex, 13–14 September 2016

Perry World House, "When Neuroscience leads to Neuroweapons" Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 5 October 2016

Malcolm Dando, Kathryn Nixdorff, Graham Pearson, "Assessing the Outcome of the Eighth Review Conference in regard to the Annual S&T Review Process", 8 October 2016

Sonia Ben Ougrham-Gormley, Kathleen Vogel, "Gene Drives: The Good, the Bad, and the Hype", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 14 October 2016

Lentzos Filippa, Nicholas Evans (2016) “Four steps to rebuild trust in biologyThe Guardian, published online 23 May 2016

Lentzos Filippa (2016) “Biology’s misuse potentialConnections – The Quarterly JournalVol.15(2): 48-64

Lentzos Filippa (2016) “Don’t single out the DIY community” part of the STAT news First Opinion feature Is do-it-yourself CRISPR as scary as it sounds?", published online 14 March 2016

Lentzos Filippa (2015) “Synthetic Biology’s Defence Dollars: Signals and Perceptions” PLOS Blog, published online 24 December 2015

Lentzos Filippa, Koos van der Bruggen, Kathryn Nixdorff (2015) “Can we trust scientists’ self-control?The Guardian, published online 26 April 2015

Caitriona McLeish, James Revill, "Keeping up with the Scientists", BWC Review Conference Series, International Law Policy Institute, 2016

Gregory Koblentz, Filippa Lentzos, "Risks, Trade-offs and Responsible Science", BWC Review Conference, International Law Policy Institute, 2016


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James Revill and Caitríona McLeish, "Estimating the costs of compliance options for the BWC", Trust and Verify, October - December 2015, No. 151

Gunnar Jeremias & Mirko Himmel "Can everyone help verify the bioweapons convention? Perhaps, via open source monitoring", Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, 2016

Filippa Lentzos, "Increasing Transparency in Biodefence: A 2016 Visit to a German Military Medical Biodefence Facility", Non-Proliferation Papers, November 2016, n.52



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