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Neuroscience and the Future of Chemical-Biological Weapons


Part of the Global Issues Series book series (GLOISS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Past

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 3-19
    3. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 20-38
    4. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 39-49
    5. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 50-59
  3. The Present

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 63-75
    3. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 76-96
    4. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 97-109
    5. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 110-122
    6. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 123-137
  4. The Future

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 139-139
    2. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 141-156
    3. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 157-172
    4. Malcolm Dando
      Pages 173-186
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 187-191

About this book


During the last century, advances in the life sciences were used in the development of biological and chemical weapons in large-scale state offensive programmes, many of which targeted the nervous system. This study questions whether the development of novel biological and chemical neuroweapons can be prevented as neuroscience progresses.


brain Governance nervous system neuroscience

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Peace StudiesUniversity of BradfordUK

About the authors

Professor Dando studied Zoology at St Andrews University and, after post-doctoral research in the United States, held fellowships in Operational Research at the University of Sussex that were funded by the Ministry of Defence. At the University of Bradford he has worked on disarmament and arms control issues, particularly in regard to biological and chemical weapons, since 1993. He is a Fellow of the UK Society of Biology.

Bibliographic information


''The justified excitement about modern brain science should also come with a warning label. That's what Malcolm Dando has given us in this timely, powerful and deeply informed book.'' Jonathan D. Moreno, University of Pennsylvania, USA

''Chemical and biological weapons and their intersection require an understanding of the science and the international policy banning them. Non-scientists will value his clear explanation of brain science. Neuroscientists will understand why their work merits scrutiny for weapons implications. All of us will benefit by Dando's singular contribution to why we should be worried and why we must act now.'' Marie Isabelle Chevrier, Rutgers University-Camden, USA