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Biorisk Management Challenges in Gain-of-function Research

Peter Clevestig, SIPRI, Stockholm

Speech at the Herrenhausen Symposium "Dual Use Research on Microbes: Biosafety, Biosecurity, Responsibility", 11.12.2014

Peter Clevestig is senior researcher with the Chemical and Biological Security Project of the SIPRI Arms Control and Non-proliferation Programme. He speaks about laboratory biosafety vs. biosecurity and laboratory risks like unintentional exposures or accidental release, as well as unauthorized access, loss, theft, misuse, diversion, and intentional release of hazardous pathogens. He discusses the lack of internationally agreed norms for biosafety and biosecurity and provides statistics about laboratory acquired infections and accidental releases of pathogens. Clevestig is a trained virologist working on multiple aspects of biological security including biosecurity (biorisk-management policy and implementation strategies), dual-use aspects and oversight mechanisms for microbiological research, and strategic trade control of biological materials and technology. Clevestig interests also include historical aspects of biological warfare programmes and developments in biotechnology and their potential security implications. He joined SIPRI in early 2007.

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