The president’s top science advisers are warning that new gene-editing technology could be turned into a biological weapon by transforming a common virus into an unstoppable drug-resistant killer. They recommend that the nation’s public health system get a bigger slice of the U.S. budget to prepare. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the President’s […]

For all its national security focus on terrorism, America is deeply unprepared for future terror threats that could come from emerging biotechnologies, says an Obama administration advisory committee. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) recently issued a public letter to the administration, calling for a renewed and expansive biodefense strategy. While […]

A new report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is advising outgoing President Obama to revamp the nation’s biodefense strategy to meet the threats posed by CRISPR and other advanced biotechnologies. The United States is facing a legitimate catastrophic threat in the form of bioterrorism, and it’s time for the executive […]