The United Kingdom's Royal Society is calling for the establishment of an international scientific advisory panel to ensure that the implementation of the United Nation's Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) keeps pace with advances in the life sciences.

The United Kingdom's top science academy made the recommendation in a paper presented today (April 19) at a meeting of the United Nations Foundation in Washington, DC. It points out that there is currently no life sciences equivalent to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) or the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which back up international agreements with access to cutting edge science.

“We believe that such support is essential, and the framework for providing this is through the formation of an international advisory panel that is able to keep up with the rapid pace of technological advance in the life sciences,” Brian Eyre, chair of the Royal...

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