The Federation of American Scientists has created an internet resource for biosecurity policy, bioterrorism information, and biodefense research. The resources listed here represent various perspectives on what actions individual scientists, research institutions, science journals, the public, and government can do to minimize the threat of bioterrorism while maximizing the benefits of life science research.
Virtual Biosecurity Center
The Virtual Biosecurity Center, a project spearheaded by FAS, is a global multi-organizational initiative committed to countering the threat posed by the development or use of biological weapons and the responsible use of science and technology. The VBC is the 'one stop shop' for biosecurity information, education, best practices, and collaboration.
The following biosecurity-related reports were written for the US Congress or other agencies and obtained by FAS's Project on Government Secrecy.
- March 30, 2012: New Policy on Mitigating Risks of Bio Research
- February 28, 2008: Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons and Missiles: Status and Trends
- April 27, 2007: Oversight of Dual-Use Biological Research: The National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (PDF)
- July 6, 2006: Engineering Bio-Terror Agents
- June 9, 2006: Avoiding Contamination from Chem/Bio/Nuke Weapons
- March 28, 2003: Terrorist Motivations for Chemical and Biological Weapons Use: Placing the Threat in Context (PDF)
- November 3, 2003: The Darker Bioweapons Future (PDF)
- April 10, 2002: Preventing Proliferation of Biological Weapons: U.S. Assistance to the Former Soviet States (PDF)
- April 2002: Next Generation Bioweapons: The Technology of Genetic Engineering Applied to Biowarfare and Bioterrorism (PDF)
Legacy FAS Resources
The following legacy resources on FAS.org may contain useful information but are no longer actively updated.