Federation of American Scientists Case Studies in Dual Use Biological Research Module 4.0: Mousepox Case Study
Topic: Discussion Subtopic: Discussion Questions

Should the researchers, having recognized the implications of their experimental results for smallpox, have brought this issue to the attention of the media themselves?
Should there be further oversight of genetic engineering of viruses related to existing select agents? If so, by who and to what extent?
Should certain genetic engineering be more tightly controlled by governments or strict oversight given the potential for accidental or intentional release? What kind of controls?
Did the sponsorship, review, and approval of the mousepox experiment and its publication by Australian government authorities clear Drs. Jackson and Ramshaw of responsibility for their experiment and its implications?
Should the researchers have done more to alert the proper authorities of the bioweapons implications of their research (i.e., beyond contacting members of the then small biodefense community)?

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