The 2017 Arizona Biosecurity Workshop: An Open Dialogue About Biosecurity

David Gillum, Luis Alberto Ochoa Carrera, Irene Alvarez Mendoza, Phillip Bates, Darren Bowens, Zach Jetson, Juan Maldonado, Catherine Mancini, Matthew Miraldi, Rebecca Moritz, Matthew O’Donnell, Samira Kiani

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The Arizona Biosafety Alliance, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Arizona State University hosted a workshop in December 2017 to confer and deliberate on interdisciplinary considerations regarding biosecurity. The primary focus of the event was to address a perceived gap in the knowledge between the experts discussing technical and policy implications of biosecurity, professionals in the trenches managing biosecurity risks, and the public perceptions of the risks and benefits of emergent biotechnology. This article summarizes the event, identifies common themes among presenters, highlights key outcomes, and offers recommendations for future considerations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalApplied Biosafety
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018


  • biosecurity
  • cyberbiosecurity
  • do-it-yourself (DIY) biology
  • dual-use research of concern
  • gene drives
  • genome editing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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    Gillum, D., Carrera, L. A. O., Mendoza, I. A., Bates, P., Bowens, D., Jetson, Z., Maldonado, J., Mancini, C., Miraldi, M., Moritz, R., O’Donnell, M., & Kiani, S. (Accepted/In press). The 2017 Arizona Biosecurity Workshop: An Open Dialogue About Biosecurity. Applied Biosafety.