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This policy paper assesses and analyses the key arguments raised during the Conference on the Ethical Implications of Scientific Research on Bioweapons and Prevention of Bioterrorism held in Brussels on 3-4 February 2004, and organised by DG Research, Directorate E "Biotechnology, Agriculture and Food" in the context of an EC funded research project on the "Bioethical Implications of Globalisation" (BIG) co-ordinated by the centre for Science and Citizenship, Rome.
This paper first discusses the political context, then revises some arguments on the ethics of biowarfare, and finally analyses the ethical implications of four highly debated issues: global collaboration againsrt terrorism, response to bioterrorism, dual use technology, and sensitive medical experimentation. It is the nature of a policy paper that some points are asserted and not thoroughly defended. More substantial argumentation and evidence for the opinions expressed in this text may be found in longer publications which will follow it.

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