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Biodefense in the Age of Synthetic Biology

Synthetic Biology

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) will assess the changing nature of the biodefense threat in the age of synthetic biology under a new contract with the U.S. DoD’s Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Chemical and Biological Defense (NCB/CBD).

NAS will appoint an ad hoc committee to study the manipulation of biological functions, systems, or microorganisms resulting in the production of a disease-causing agents or toxins.

The study will start with development of a strategic framework to guide an assessment of the potential security vulnerabilities related to advances in biology and biotechnology, with a particular emphasis on synthetic biology.

The anticipated period of performance will 21 months. The estimated maximum cost of the contract is $1,200,000.

Recent biodefense-related reports conducted by the NAS include:

Biopreparedness News

Biodefense Headlines – September 11, 2016

Ebola Monoclonal Antibody Countermeasures

Phase I Study Planned for Multivalent Vaccine to Combat Ebola, Marburg