Dual-use research codes of conduct: Lessons from the life sciences [Book Review]

NanoEthics 3 (3):175-183 (2009)
This paper considers multiple meanings of the expression ‘dual use’ and examines lessons to be learned from the life sciences when considering ethical and policy issues associated with the dual-use nature of nanotechnology (and converging technologies). After examining recent controversial dual-use experiments in the life sciences, it considers the potential roles and limitations of science codes of conduct for addressing concerns associated with dual-use science and technology. It concludes that, rather than being essentially associated with voluntary self-governance of the scientific community, codes of conduct should arguably be part of a broader regulatory oversight system.
Keywords Ethics  Nanoethics  Dual use  Biological weapons  Chemical weapons  Mousepox  Polio  Influenza  Codes of conduct  Responsibility  Science policy  Regulation
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DOI 10.1007/s11569-009-0074-y
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Nancy L. Jones (2007). A Code of Ethics for the Life Sciences. Science and Engineering Ethics 13 (1):25-43.

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