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Dual-Use Research Codes of Conduct: Lessons from the Life Sciences

Selgelid, Michael J. (2009) Dual-Use Research Codes of Conduct: Lessons from the Life Sciences. NanoEthics, 3 (3). pp. 175-183.

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Abstract

This paper considers multiple meanings of the expression ‘dual use’ and examines lessons to be learned from the life sciences when considering ethical and policy issues associated with the dual-use nature of nanotechnology (and converging technologies). After examining recent controversial dual-use experiments in the life sciences, it considers the potential roles and limitations of science codes of conduct for addressing concerns associated with dual-use science and technology. It concludes that, rather than being essentially associated with voluntary self-governance of the scientific community, codes of conduct should arguably be part of a broader regulatory oversight system.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Physical Science > Nanophysics
Physical Science > Nano objects
Material Science > Nanochemistry
Material Science > Nanostructured materials
Divisions:Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Chemistry
ID Code:8055
Deposited By:JNCASR
Deposited On:11 Feb 2010 08:04
Last Modified:11 Feb 2010 08:04

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