Tuesday, July 12, 2005

A Free Market Argument for the Open Sharing of Scientific Data

A July 6 article by Reason Online's science correspondent argues the case for an open line of communication among scientists as the best defense against bioterrorism. The article focuses on the concerns of National Security agencies in preventing the development of bioweapons by terrorists.  Interestingly, the article mentions a bioweapons program in apartheid controlled South Africa that would target only black Africans as an example of potential future threats. Only towards the end of the piece does it get into threats that may prove more imminent and devastating to human health - communicable diseases like SARS and the bird flu that has many public health officials issuing some pretty strong warnings.

posted by ryan griffis  # 3:52 PM

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