GeneWatch UK believes that it is only with increased awareness of the potential abuses of genetic technologies amongst both scientists and civil society that the development of biological weapons can be avoided. As well as general awareness, institutional scrutiny to avoid possible abuses has to be cemented in international law.
- 14th June 2005:
- The Biological Weapons Prevention Project (BWPP)
has launched a new online database called ' BioWeapons Monitor'
read the BWPP press release
go directly to the BioWeapons Monitor database.
- 4th April 2005:
- GeneWatch sends a letter to the Director General the World Health organisation
- Prohibit the genetic engineering of smallpox, the insertion of smallpox genes in other poxviruses, and any further distribution of smallpox genetic material for non-diagnostic purposes;
- Set a firm and irrevocable date, within two years, for the destruction of all remaining stocks of smallpox virus (including viral chimeras, or hybrids with other poxviruses);
- In the interim before destruction, ensure that the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research and its advisors are regionally balanced and that the Committee and its subsidiary groups conduct their oversight activities in a fully transparent and accountable manner.
find out more about the campaign to stop the genetic modification of smallpox
- SIPRI Chemical and Biological Warfare Project
- Sunshine Project
Aims to promote effective and efficient verification as a means of ensuring confidence in international agreements. Has a specific programme on the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention
- British American Security Information Council (BASIC)
- Council for Responsible Genetics (USA)
Federation of American Scientists
They have a chemical and biological arms control program
- Joint Bradford-SIPRI Chemical and Biological Warfare Project
OCLC Public Affairs Information Service
Resources on biological and chemical weapons
- Briefing Series
- Briefing 4: What Future for Biological Weapons Control? 1st August 2002
- Briefing 3: Strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention 1st May 2001
- Briefing 2: Biological Weapons and the New Genetics: The Need for Verification 1st January 2001
- Briefing 1: Biological Weapons and the New Genetics 1st September 2000
- Briefing 6: Genetic Engineering and Biological Weapons 1st June 1999