Matthew Meselson is Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of Natural Sciences at Harvard. He is engaged in research on molecular genetics and evolution. (December 2001)

Bioterror: What Can Be Done?

Virtually every major technology has been exploited not only for peaceful purposes but also for hostile ones. Must this also happen with biotechnology, which is rapidly becoming a dominant technology of our age? This is a question that comes to mind when reading Germs: Biological Weapons and America’s Secret War, …