Lower level biological laboratories are proliferating across the world and regularly working with new biological materials,  genetically engineered viruses, nanomaterials and other biological materials.  As this research rapidly expands, a broader scrutiny of health and safety issues is necessary.  CRG is working toward the institution of openly accessible and enforceable standards and practices in this area.

In high containment laboratories, genetic engineering has the potential to revolutionize biological warfare. Through techniques of genetic analysis and modification, steadily increasing in sophistication since the creation of the Human Genome Project, scientists now have the ability to modify deadly disease-causing agents to enhance their resilience and ease of infection, by selecting genes that hasten the onset of particular symptoms when put in contact with the body or possess a resistance to common treatments.

CRG works for an end to the development and use of biological weapons, as well to so-called biological "defense" research with clear offensive applications. To advance this effort, CRG continues to put pressure on the United States to ratify the verification and enforcement protocols of the BTWC and extend the Convention to cover all genetic modification of biological agents for military purposes.

Biolab Health and Safety

CRG Led Coalition of Groups Raises Health and Safety Concerns with Proposed Synthetic Biology Lab

Plan to Engineer Smallpox Virus Causes Alarm

Mistakes Happen: Accidents and Security Breaches at High-Security Biocontainment Facilities

CRG's Statement On U.S. Bioweapons Initiatives

Call for a Ban on Genetic Alteration of Pathogens for Destructive Purposes


Special Issue of GeneWatch on Biolab Safety

Stuck on the Same Refrain, By Lynn Klotz, October 2013

Sars in the City, by Lynn Klotz, GeneWatch, June 2011

A View from the Inside by Nancy Connell, GeneWatch, September 2010

Bioshield, Biosword
, by Victor Sidel, GeneWatch, September 2004

A Biolab in Boston?, by Sujatha Byravan, GeneWatch, September 2004

Rocky Mountain Fever, by Mary Wulff, GeneWatch, September 2004

The Crack in Bioshield's Armor
, by Peter Shorett, GeneWatch, September 2004

New Germ Labs Stir a Debate Over Secrecy and Safety, New York Times 1 February 2004

Fools Rush In by Lola Vollen, GeneWatch, March 2003

Rethinking the Biological Warfare Problem by Susan Wright, GeneWatch, March 2003

Boston Residents Should Decide Future of Biolab by Sujatha Byravan and Sheldon Krimsky, GeneWatch, January 2003

Biowar and Peace by Lauren Davis, GeneWatch, September 2002

A Tale of Two Treaties by David Keppel, GeneWatch, March 2002

Double Language and Biological Warfare by Susan Wright, GeneWatch, March 2002

Biowarfare and the Department of Energy by Tim King, GeneWatch, November 2001


California Coalition for Worker's Memorial Day/

The Sunshine Project /

The Henry L. Stimson Center /

Federation of American Scientists Chemical and Biological Arms Control Program /

Center for Nonproliferation Studies /

The Harvard Sussex Program on CBW Armament and Arms Limitation /

Chemical and Biological Defense Information Analysis Center (CBIAC) /

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) /

Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute (CBACI)

Citizen's Center for Biohazard Prevention /  


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