The Digitization of Biology: Understanding the New Risks and Implications for Governance

By Natasha E. Bajema, Diane DiEuliis, Charles Lutes, and Yong-Bee Lim

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Emergence and Convergence Research Paper Series

In its multi-year study entitled Emergence and Convergence (E&C) led by Dr. Natasha E. Bajema, Senior Research Fellow, the WMD Center is exploring the risks, opportunities, and governance challenges for countering WMD introduced by a diverse range of emerging technologies.

The Emergence and Convergence study is supported by several offices within the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) and receives its primary funding from the CWMD Systems Program Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs/Threat Reduction and Arms Control (NCB/TRAC/CWMD Systems). The support by Mr. Jim Stokes, Director, CWMD Systems Program, has been critical to the project’s success. 

In research paper no. 3, The Digitization of Biology: Understanding the New Risks and Implications for Governance, Dr. Natasha Bajema, Dr. Diane DiEuliis, Mr. Charles Lutes and Mr. Yong-Bee Lim explore the implications of the digitization of biology, identify new risks and challenges for governance. Read more here.