1 September 2020

Podcast: The threat of DIY bioweapons

Communicable Disease COVID-19 podcast Public Health

The coronavirus responsible for this pandemic has struck economies around the world, infected 20 million and brought travel to a halt.

It’s no wonder that some look at COVID-19 and ask: could you ask for a better result if you wanted to sow massive disruption and chaos?

The threat of biowarfare is often the forgotten sibling of nuclear, chemical and radiological attacks.

But with the rapid development of gene-editing technology and shrinking costs, some experts are worried that the world is ripe for another terrorist attack. Or we may even be under attack without realising it.

Fortunately, the evidence suggests that this latest coronavirus occurred naturally. But it is worth asking, how at risk are we of a bioterrorist attack?

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