Contrasting dual-use issues in biology and nuclear science

Nicholas Evans

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    Abstract

    The so-called dual-use dilemma which arises when scientific research, materials or technologies can be used to both benefit and harm humanity is not an altogether new phenomenon. Early in the twentieth century, nuclear science here, the study of the properties of atomic nuclei raised similar concerns about materials, technologies and knowledge that had the potential to be used to benefit humanity, but also posed serious risks of misuse. Comparing the experiences of the nuclear sciences with those of biology in regulating dual-use materials, knowledge and technology will be the focus of this chapter.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationOn the dual uses of science and ethics
    Subtitle of host publicationPrinciples, practices, and prospects
    Place of PublicationCanberra
    PublisherANU E Press
    Chapter16
    Pages255-273
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic) 9781925021349
    ISBN (Print)9781925021332
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NamePractical ethics and public policy

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    Evans, N. (2013). Contrasting dual-use issues in biology and nuclear science. In On the dual uses of science and ethics : Principles, practices, and prospects (pp. 255-273). (Practical ethics and public policy). ANU E Press.