Insecurity and Emerging Biotechnology

Governing Misuse Potential

  • Brett Edwards

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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    Pages 89-93
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 95-97

About this book


This book examines how emergent trends in innovation and its governance are raising new and old questions about how to control technology. It develops a new framework for understanding how emergent fields of science and technology emerge as security concerns; and the key challenges these fields pose from a global security perspective. The study focuses on the politics which have surrounded the emergent field of Synthetic Biology, a field which has become emblematic of both the potentials and limits of more preemptive approaches to governance. This highly accessible work will be of interest to both scholars and practitioners working on the ethical responsibilities of innovators and the assessment of emergent technology as well as the global governance of weapons.  

Brett Edwards is Lecturer in Security and Public Policy in the Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies at the University of Bath, UK.


synthetic biology biotechnology and security security studies governing technology bioterrorism bio-crime ethics and technology international security global defence studies controlling tech biological warfare nanotechnology international relations and biotechnology science and tech military studies ethics of technology public health synthetic international security biochemical warfare terrorism

Authors and affiliations

  • Brett Edwards
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  1. 1.Department of Politics, Languages and International StudiesUniversity of BathBathUK

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