January 15, 2006 (Vol. 26, No. 2)
Strong Points: Broad coverage
Weak Points: Needs more frequent updating
A couple of years ago, concerns about biological and chemical weapons seemed to be greater than it is today. I’m not sure why the focus has changed. May be it is because the tremendous attention the media has paid recently to natural biological hazards, such as the spread of the avian flu and the outbreaks of polio in places as close as Minnesota, has stolen the spotlight. The FAS Biological and Chemical Weapons Control site however, is focused on these topics. Its stated aim is to raise the awareness of scientists to these issues. It does so by keeping abreast of relevant legislation, technological developments, news, and resources. It’s not a total solution however, as news reports are spotty at best, and the site as a whole needs more frequent updating.