Several years ago when we began writing and research for FOXP5 I occasionally wrote about my increasing awareness of how genetic engineering could be used by rogue nations and terrorists.
Last week President Obama's science and security advisers urged him to rapidly create a bio-defense program that might reduce our vulnerability. Their letter is worth reading. This is an issue that President Obama and President-Elect Trump should collaborate on now.
Here is a key passage from the advisers' letter followed by the URL for the entire text as well as the URL for an article from the MIT Technology Review.
"We, your President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), urge you to take immediate action to ensure that the Nation has the ability to meet these challenges. In this letter, we recommend measures aimed at decreasing the probability and impact of a future biological attack against the United States. Our recommendations are divided into actions with near-, medium-, and long-term goals.
All of these actions should be undertaken now to ensure that the capabilities will be ready when needed."