|Dual Use In Genomics
This research project aims to gain an understanding of the impact that government policies in the biological arms control environment are having on the practice of science. It will address a series of controls, which have been put into place to prevent legitimate scientific research from being misused to aid production of biological weapons, and consider what effects these controls are having on the direction of legitimate biological research.
Launching a pilot study for the UK, this one-year research project will carry out a survey of a sample population of private and public research organisations to gather information on scientist's experience of these policy controls. This survey will then be followed by a series of face-to-face interviews with scientists from these research organisations.
This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council's Science in Society programme and is a collaborative effort between The Harvard Sussex Program and The Complex Product Systems Innovation Centre both based at the University of Sussex.