Book Review: Breeding Bio Insecurity: How U.S. Biodefense Is Exporting Fear, Globalizing Risk, and Making Us All Less Secure by Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester | Science News

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Book Review: Breeding Bio Insecurity: How U.S. Biodefense Is Exporting Fear, Globalizing Risk, and Making Us All Less Secure by Lynn C. Klotz and Edward J. Sylvester

Review by Rachel Zelkowitz

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11:27am, January 29, 2010

American efforts to counter potential biological warfare threats are creating a 21st century Trojan horse.

Klotz and Sylvester make this point early and often in their latest book. They argue that the boom in biosecurity research in the wake of 9/11 has meant an exponential increase in the number of scientists, technicians and other lab workers with access to dangerous biomaterials such as Ebola virus. This trend alone increases the risk of accident or theft. And the secrecy shrouding much of the research promotes suspicion that could spur an international biological arms race, the authors argue.

The authors, a biotechnology expert and a science journalist, support their positions with detailed description

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