Posted October 03, 2018 05:19:08 In the face of an increasing threat to our biological and cultural heritage, a leading Australian conservation biologist has said that mastering biological weapons could be “very expensive” and could be costly to the public purse.
Key points:Professor Chris Brown says mastering biological weapon could be expensive to the Australian publicDr Brown said the research would be “the biggest investment in our country’s history”If a weapon had been developed that could kill people, it could cost the taxpayer millionsThe scientist also suggested that Australia could use its “very unique genetic heritage” to develop a “biological weapon” to combat global warmingDr Brown, who is an expert on biological weapons and the development of biological weapons, said he did not see a “silver bullet” to defeating climate change, which he described as the “biggest environmental threat of our time”.
“I do not see an easy answer to the global climate change challenge,” Dr Brown said.
“We are going to have to look at different strategies to try and manage the consequences of climate change.”
I don’t think we can just say, ‘let’s just stop doing what we are doing.’
“If we are to stop warming, we have to do something different and I think it is important that we do so in a very creative way.”
So that we can learn how to deal with the threats that we are facing, and that means we can get ahead of it, and do something that actually helps to make the world a better place.
“Dr Brown told ABC News Breakfast that while he did “not think there is any silver bullet” on climate change and the “biologics are not silver bullets”, there was an “exciting opportunity” to “start to develop and implement technologies that we have been unable to do before”.”
If you can develop a weapon that is lethal and that has a high-intensity, short-term effect, and is also capable of damaging people in the long term, it’s very much worth trying,” Dr Smith said.
Read more”I think that’s what we have had for a very long time, and we have not seen any of the weapons that we know have been developed and tested, but I do think that is an exciting opportunity to start to develop the technologies to do that.”
Australia’s top scientist says Australia can use its ‘very unique’ genetic heritage to develop biological weaponsProfessor Chris Harris, the director of the National Research Council’s Centre for Biological Sciences, said the development and testing of biological weapon technologies could lead to “very exciting and long-term” results.”
If I can make a weapon out of my genes, what could I do with it?
“Dr Harris said.
Dr Harris, who heads up the Centre for Biologics, said a “genetic weapon” was “not the silver bullet, it is a very powerful weapon” and a weapon “that is not only lethal but it also has a long-lasting effect”.”
We need to get on with the job of actually developing that technology,” he said.
He said there were many challenges in creating the weapons.”
It’s a very difficult process to develop something, to make it work, and to get it to work, to get a weapon to work,” he added.”
The weapon needs to be able to produce a significant quantity of energy and it needs to produce energy in a short period of time, so that it can be used as a weapon, it needs a lot of energy.
“But you also need to have some sort of control over it, so you can’t just throw it in the sea, or throw it into the air and then say, what have you done with it?”
It is a big challenge to do this in a way that is very sustainable and it will take some time to work out what that is.
“Dr Harris said the ability to produce large quantities of energy was important.”
What we have got to do is figure out how to produce the energy efficiently, to use the energy effectively, so we can make it as cost-effective as possible,” he told ABC Radio Melbourne.”
Then we have a choice of what to do with the energy, to do it in a controlled way and then to use it, or not use it.
“That is the challenge, to find the right balance.”
Dr Smith said the Australian Government had been “very open” about the development process and was working towards creating a biologics industry.
“There are many good companies out there that are very keen to invest, that are trying to put the technologies into use, and if we can create the environment where they are available, then that is really good for Australia and it is good for the rest of the world,” he noted.
“This is a great opportunity to develop these technologies, and make a difference to the future of Australia.”