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National Security and Biotechnology: Small Science with a Big Potential

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Publication Date: July 2007

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James Jay Carafano; Andrew Gudgel

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Military and defense (National security)
Science and technology (Biology and biotechnology)

Keywords: National security; National Security; homeland security; biotechnology

Type: Report

Coverage: United States

Abstract:

Because dual-use biotechnologies developed in the private sector offer powerful tools to protect Americans from biological threats and to increase the military's operational capabilities, the federal government should promote international liability protection for developing and deploying new national security goods and services, promote scientific travel and exchanges, and assign a lead agency to coordinate biotechnology exploitation for national security.