SOME SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY MAY NOT BE COVERED BY THE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION

An article in Lawfare on 14 May says that while today viruses are considered to be an infectious biological agent and are categorically banned as a method of warfare by the Biological Weapons Convention, some types of synthetic biology (SynBio) may pose a similar dilemma and yet may not be covered by the same restrictions.  It says that SynBio includes a host of technologies used to redesign organisms by engineering them to have new properties or abilities, or to use nonbiological materials that mimic biological effects, and a scientific uncertainty has opened a lacunae in the law, and it is unclear whether the member states of the BWC can close it.

https://www.lawfareblog.com/some-synthetic-biology-may-not-be-covered-biological-weapons-convention

 

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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