|Opinion||DNA sequences for deadly organisms should be censored for security reasons, rather than subject to any information freedom.|
– Lee J Haywood, 2010-01-27 at 11:16:12 (3 comments)
|On 2010-01-29 at 05:17:39, BorgClown wrote...
It seemed like a tough question until I asked myself what's more valuable, freedom or safety? History has taught that freedom is more valuable. Sadly, innocent people would probably die because of that freedom.
|On 2010-01-29 at 16:09:31, Lee J Haywood wrote...
The argument used by researchers is that safeguards already exist and are considered sufficient, and that the risk of misuse remains small. I suppose that provides some reassurance, even though we know full well that the expertise required is both become less complex and widespread. Personally I think that the sensible approach is to keep the sequences hidden unless requested by a bona fide researcher, much as already happens when requesting actual cultures of deadly organisms. It wouldn't be exceptionally hard to bypass such security, but even a small barrier to access would avoid gaining too much interest in the first place.
|On 2010-01-30 at 04:03:31, BorgClown wrote...
Let'em biohobbysts have fun, what could go wrong?