Innovation or Bioterrorism?

In late 2011, a panel of government scientists urged the journals Science and Nature to conceal details of certain┬áresearch on bird flu, responding to fears of potential for bioterrorism. Recently, in February 2012, Prof. Lipsitch participated in a panel at HSPH analyzing whether research on deadly strains of bird flu has put the public at risk. The Harvard Undergraduate Bioethics Society was excited to host Prof. Lipsitch for a discussion of “Making Decisions Under Uncertainty: Influenza Pandemic Preparedness and Response,” to further explore the ethical dilemmas underlying the debate as well as its broader implications for the scientific community.

Marc Lipsitch is Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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