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Chemistry 3250 Ethics case study 1: Dual-use research Due: Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12:15 p.m. Dual-use research Dual-use research is research that could be used for good or bad. Whether explicitly thought of that way or not, a great deal of scientific research is dual-use. Dual-use research raises not only direct ethical issues, but also requires risk assessments. Some questions that arise in dual-use research: How likely are the potential good and bad uses? Are there compelling reasons to do the research that outweigh the risks? Would people who might put the research to a bad use be likely to come up with the idea themselves? Person-to-person transmissibility of H5N1 H5N1 is an avian influenza subtype. One strain of H5N1 caused a great deal of concern a few years ago because it caused a high rate of mortality among humans who caught it from birds. H5N1 is not directly transmissible from person to person.
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