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ISSN: 2157-2526

Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense
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Research Article

Ethical Challenges in Biodefense and Bioterrorism

John D. Loike* and Ruth L. Fischbach

Center for Bioethics, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 10032, USA

*Corresponding Author:
John D. Loike
Center for Bioethics
Columbia University College of
Physicians and Surgeons
New York, NY 10032, USA
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: November 15, 2012; Accepted Date: January 15, 2013; Published Date: January 21, 2013

Citation: Citation: Loike JD, Fischbach RL (2013) Ethical Challenges in Biodefense and Bioterrorism. J Bioterr Biodef S12:002. doi: 10.4172/2157-2526.S12-002

Copyright: © 2013 Loike JD, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original authors and source are credited.


The threat of a bioterrorist attack is very real and could occur in any country at any time. Today, various governmental agencies in the United States are engaged in biodefense preparedness and response. There is a great need, however, to address ethical challenges in biodefense. In this article, we present diverse bioethical issues associated with bioterrorism and propose various recommendations regarding how to address these challenges.