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August 6, 1997

The Complementary Role of Environmental and Security Biological Control Regimes in the 21st Century

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford, Bradford, England. Dr Pearson was formerly with the Chemical and Biological Defence Establishment, Porton Down, England.

JAMA. 1997;278(5):369-372. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550050029008

As we approach the 21st century, there is increased worldwide concern about disease, whether natural or deliberate, in humans, animals, and plants. There are 2 driving forces for multilateral biological control regimes: international/ national security and environmental protection. With respect to deliberately caused disease, these seemingly disparate forces are mutually reinforcing as demonstrated by simultaneous moves to strengthen the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Future multilateral biological control regimes based on these developments will aid the security, prosperity, and health of the world community.