A tale of two studies; ethics, bioterrorism, and the censorship of science

Hastings Cent Rep. 2007 May-Jun;37(3):35-43. doi: 10.1353/hcr.2007.0046.


Some scientific research should not be published. The risks to national security and public health override the social benefits of disseminating scientific results openly. Unfortunately, scientists themselves are not in a position to know which studies to withhold from public view, as the National Research Council has proposed. Yet neither can government alone be trusted to balance the competing interests at stake.

MeSH terms

  • Access to Information
  • Biomedical Research / ethics*
  • Bioterrorism / prevention & control*
  • Government Regulation
  • Publishing*
  • Security Measures*
  • United States