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The Ethics of Biodefense

15 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2005  

Nicholas B. King

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Biology


This essay reviews major areas of ethical debate with regard to biodefense, focusing on cases in which biodefense presents ethical problems that diverge from those presented by naturally-occurring outbreaks of infectious disease. It concludes with a call for ethicists to study not only the ethical issues raised in biodefense programs, but also the ethics of biodefense more generally.

Suggested Citation

King, Nicholas B., The Ethics of Biodefense. Bioethics, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 432-446, August 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=777815

Nicholas B. King (Contact Author)

Case Western Reserve University - Department of Biology ( email )

United States

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