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Commentary on ‘Biodefence and the production of knowledge: rethinking the problem’
  1. Nicholas B King
  1. Correspondence to Professor Nicholas B King, Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University, 3647 Peel St, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1X1, Canada; nicholas.king{at}


Buchanan and Kelley provide a sophisticated and thoughtful critique of contemporary discussions of biosecurity. They provide sound critiques of American biodefence institutions, and the general sense of imminent threat underlying the rush to fund biodefence. However, the essay consistently misrepresents the breadth and depth of scholarly research on the ethics and politics of biodefence.

  • Chemical and biological weapons
  • public health ethics
  • allocation of healthcare resources
  • behavioural research

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