Bioweapons… for Dummies? Evaluating the Threat of Rogue Biohacking

February 18, 2016

Seminar with 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 will present a plausible pathway for amateur biohackers to engineer a weapon, and assess the difficulty of every step. Furthermore, he will comment 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.

Time and Location

Thursday, February 25, 2016
12:15 PM – 2:00 PM

CNS Building (Videoconference Room)
499 Van Buren Street
Monterey (831) 647-4154

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