A Made to order thriller from the dark side of biotech, which would be entertaining if it weren’t so real-life scary. Technology writer, Paul Boutin, reports on an unpublished paper, in which Roger Brent, a geneticist who runs a California biotech firm, describes how genetically engineered bioweapons developed by small teams are a bigger threat than suitcase nukes.
Brent is one of a growing number of researchers who believe that a bioterrorist wouldnâ€™t need a team of virologists and state funding. He says advances in DNA-hacking technology have reached the point where an evil lab assistant with the right resources could do the job
See also, the more recent and thorough expose from Technology Review, The Knowledge, in which the author, Mark Williams, argues that biotechnology’s advance could give malefactors the ability to manipulate life processes–and even affect human behavior.