We’ve released a new profile on biosecurity.
Natural pandemics and new scientifically engineered pathogens could potentially kill millions or even billions of people. Moreover, future progress in synthetic biology is likely to increase the risk and severity of pandemics from engineered pathogens.
But there are promising paths to reducing these risks through regulating potentially dangerous research, improving early detection systems and developing better international emergency response plans.
In the profile we cover:
- The main reasons for and against thinking that biosecurity is a highly pressing problem.
- How to use your career to work on reducing the risks from pandemics.