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Biosecurity covers the procedures, practices and other measures used to manage risks from biological agents (e.g. viruses, bacteria) or their products (e.g. toxins).


The term “biosecurity” has different meanings in different contexts. As a few examples:

Further reading

Alexanian, Tessa (2021) A biosecurity and biorisk reading+ list, Effective Altruism Forum, March 13 (updated 16 March 2021).

Zabel, Claire (2017) Biosecurity as an EA cause area, Effective Altruism, August 13.

Related entries

biosurveillance | COVID-19 pandemic | existential risk | global catastrophic biological risk | Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security | life sciences research | Nucleic Acid Observatory | Nuclear Threat Initiative | terrorism | weapons of mass destruction

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    Open Philanthropy (2014) Biosecurity, Open Philanthropy, January.

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