This exploratory meeting aimed to identify particular policy-relevant issues related to genomics and bioweapons that could be pursued through a multi-disciplinary, collaborative project.
As a starting point, the meeting discussed:
- Any key knowledge gaps as related to policy, genomics, and biowarfare/bioterrorism
- How severe is the current threat from biowarfare / bioterrorism? How are advances in genomics altering this threat? Do governance mechanisms account for this?
- How are governance tools designed to mitigate the risks of biowarfare impacting the trajectory of genomics research?
- How the Genomics Forum might contribute to policy discussions in anticipation of the 6th Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC)