Improving health security and intelligence capabilities to mitigate biological threats

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The COVID-19 pandemic has drawn attention to biological threats and likely sharpened the focus of intelligence communities (ICs) on the importance of health security. The recent advent of CRISPR (an acronym for Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats) gene editing technology is a significant development in humans’ ability to change the genome of individuals and populations, and is a key example of a potential biological threat that has profound implications for future global health security (Charo, 2019). The equipment required to conduct CRISPR gene editing is relatively accessible and affordable, and the genetic material of humans, animals, plants, and bacteria is abundant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-155
Number of pages17
JournalThe International Journal of Intelligence, Security, and Public Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jul 2021


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