Federation of American Scientists Case Studies in Dual Use Biological Research Module 8.0: Public Reaction Case Study
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How can biocontainment facilities inform the public about incidents without causing alarm?


Are the reasons for public concern valid? Is it the responsibility of scientists or the government to ease the publics concerns?


What are the possible consequences of too much oversight of scientific research?


Is increased transparency of biocontainment facilitites and experiments with pathogens in the interest of the public or does it pose a threat to national security? Should research on potentially deadly pathogens be classified?


How do you strike a balance between security and scientific progress in the biological sciences?

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