Bioweapons… for Dummies? Evaluating the Threat of Rogue Biohacking

March 23, 2016

[youtube] Video Seminar: Took place Thursday, February 25, 2016 at CNS of MIIS in Monterey

Speaker: Zian Liu

Scholars claim that recent technology advances mean that even teenagers can make bioweapons. While this is theoretically possible, it is also very unlikely. Mr. Liu presents a plausible pathway for amateur biohackers to engineer a weapon and assess the difficulty of every step. Furthermore, he comments on how improvements in DNA editing may alter the biosecurity landscape.

Zian (Zane) Liu is a fourth-year bioengineering undergraduate at UC Berkeley interested in the social impacts of biomedical innovations, particularly synthetic biology. After graduation, he hopes to play a role in the governance of synthetic biology, and in increasing access to healthcare and education in underserved areas.

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