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Defining the Boundaries: Homeland Security and Its Impact on Scientific Research

Defining the Boundaries: Homeland Security and Its Impact on Scientific Research

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Nobel Laureate Speakers. In August 2001, MIT launched a review of the university's commitment to unclassified research on campus. One month later, the events of September 11th gave this review a harsh immediacy, and transformed the discussion. New government policies that constrain the open exchange of information among scientists, Jerome Friedman says, will harm our national security by damaging the very way science is practiced. In particular, Friedman objects to regulations that would prevent MIT from attracting the best international scholars. Phillip Sharp spoke to the issue of security concerns in the biological arena. It is unlikely that terrorists could come up with a monstrously effective bioweapon, he claims, because scientists aren't... Show More

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