Federation of American Scientists Case Studies in Dual Use Biological Research Module 2.0: Poliovirus Case Study
Topic: Discussion Subtopic: Discussion Questions

What responsibility and accountability should be assumed on a day-to-day basis by graduate students and other individual researchers with respect to research activities that raise questions?
Would it make sense to withhold (for example) the methods section of Dr. Wimmers publication or other sensitive research to stop the flow of recipes to malevolent applications?
Should there be limits on publishing of information on potential biological agents or methods that can be used to make them? Who would decide?
Does research like that of Dr. Wimmer pose a significant threat to the efforts to eradicate polio? What about the spread of other infectious diseases?

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