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


    • Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE)The Australian National University
    • World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for BioethicsThe Australian National University
    • National Centre for BiosecurityThe Australian National University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11569-009-0074-y

Cite this article as:
Selgelid, M.J. Nanoethics (2009) 3: 175. doi:10.1007/s11569-009-0074-y


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.


EthicsNanoethicsDual useBiological weaponsChemical weaponsMousepoxPolioInfluenzaCodes of conductResponsibilityScience policyRegulation

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