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Innovation, Dual Use, and Security: Managing the Risks of Emerging Biological and Chemical Technologies Paperback – March 30, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262516969
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262516969
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,473,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"Jonathan Tucker does a remarkable job bringing a unified approach to this multiauthor book. Scholars of biosecurity and biosafety, members of institutional review boards, and national and international agencies will find this volume indispensable."--Harvey Rubin, Director, Institute for Strategic Threat Analysis and Response (ISTAR), University of Pennsylvania

" Innovation, Dual Use, and Security is a fitting memorial to Jonathan Tucker, an international authority on curbing chemical and biological weapons. Most writing on security aspects of emerging technologies is marred by gross generalizations on boons and banes. In contrast, this book is an exercise in rigorous differentiation. It offers lucid takes on the benefits and dangers of fourteen variants of biotechnology and provides pragmatic advice on reducing risks of malicious misuse."--Kenneth A. Oye, Director of the MIT Program on Emerging Technologies

"This excellent book not only offers fresh and comprehensive views but does so with a consistency that is rare in multi-author efforts. It's hard to think of a more timely or authoritative volume at a time when global risk is as high as it has been for a generation, and clear analysis, solid understanding, and creative perspectives are at a premium. Here's a baseline for our thinking about what comes next."--Nigel Cameron, President and CEO, Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies

"…The book gives an excellent comprehensive analysis of the dual-use dilemma for technologies that have not only beneficial uses but also the potential to cause serious harm. It is a valuable resource for bioethics or biotechnology courses and should surely generate great class discussions." -- M. C. Pavao, Choice

" Innovation, Dual Use, and Security was brought to completion under extraordinary circumstances. Quibbles aside, it is stuffed with fascinating information interpreted by people who know their chosen subjects. It is well written, well edited, and even well copy edited. I have seen no better book on this subject." -- Robert Hunt Sprinkle, BioScience

About the Author

The late Jonathan B. Tucker was a Senior Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists. He was the editor of Toxic Terror: Assessing Terrorist Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (MIT Press, 2000) and the author of Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox and War of Nerves: Chemical Warfare from World War I to Al-Qaeda.

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Jonathan Tuck is well known by many in field of non-proliferation. This book is a must for those working in the field of consequence management or those just interested in the field of study.
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