05-02-12, 02:43 PM #1
H5N1 Research - Restricted or Open Source?
A H5N1 researcher states his open-source rationale above in the journal Nature.
Alternately, there are strong concerns/objections that open-source H5N1 research matertial could be manipulated to engineer a horrific new bio-weapon.
05-02-12, 03:43 PM #2
Isn't one of the arguments against the dangers of openness the same as having plans for nuclear weapons open to the public, that while the knowledge is there, the materials and equipment to take the next step isn't?
I think having closed doors can stifle research, and something we learn through sharing knowledge might help later in the future. Certainly not doing any research is dangerous, because someone will eventually go down the road of nefarious purposes, and without the tools to diagnose and tackle the problem, things will end up very bad for many.
So I guess my thoughts are, open knowledge, but keep eyes open always for activity that suggest someone trying to use it for things that seem suspicious.
05-02-12, 07:57 PM #3
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