Research structures and the “web of prevention”: ethical implications for insufficient environments
Bezuidenhout, Louise Martha
Medicine, Conflict and Survival
The dual-use potential of scientific research refers to the possibility that any beneficial scientific research may be misused for nefarious purposes by a third party. This potential within the life sciences has led to much discussion regarding ways to raise awareness and limit possible harm. The concept of a “web of prevention” as a multifaceted system for dealing this potential provides a comprehensive method of conceptualising a system of controls in the life sciences. The “web of prevention” involves multiple stakeholders, from diverse backgrounds such as science, public health, security studies and governance.