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Oversight of Biodefense Research 



Oversight of Biodefense Research


Dr. Matthew Meselson

Dr. Marie Chevrier 

PDF of presentation slides. 

The United States has a large biodefense infrastucture across many different government agencies, which seeks to reduce the risks associated with a potential attack using biological weapons. 

Dr. Matthew Meselson, a renowned expert in chemical and biological defense and arms control, discussed the need for increased oversight of U.S. biodefense research and the benefits this could provide to the international community. 

FAS invites you to ask questions about important biodefense issues. Submit your questions and follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. Please use hashtag #biodefense.  FAS will be live blogging and streaming video of the event on this webpage.

Email questions in advance of the event to [email protected].

When: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Time: noon - 2:00 pm ET

Q and A session moderated by Marie Chevrier.

(Webcast to begin at 12:30 pm ET. To join the conversation, please use the hashtag #biodefense.  Email questions in advance at  [email protected].) 

Event will conclude by 2pm

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FAS Resources:

Biosecurity Program

Case Studies in Dual Use Research

Virtual Biosecurity Center 


Additional Resources:

U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency

The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention

The Biological Weapons Convention