This chapter gives an overview of the development and evolution of international governance as it relates to biosecurity. It also describes the relationship between, as well as the impact upon, individual scientists of a broad range of international biosecurity regulations, and the ways in which governance can influence science and science practice. The chapter gives illustrations of the relevance of specific biosecurity regulations to science, including the prohibition regimes related to biological and chemical warfare, biorisk management, disease control and the protection of biodiversity.
This book chapter is in Preventing Biological Threats: What You Can Do edited by Simon Whitby, Tatyana Novossiolova, Gerald Walther and Malcolm Dando. The book is a guide to Biological Security issues and how to address them.