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[White House Roundtable on Biological Warfare Preparation] Annotation
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White House Roundtable on Biological Warfare Preparation. Participants are, from the left: Tom Monath, Jerry Hauer, Craig Venter, Frank Young (moderator) Joshua Lederberg, Lucy Shapiro, Barbara Rosenberg, unidentified, General Joseph Ralston, John Hamre, unidentified, Donna Shalala, President Bill Clinton, unidentified, and Sandy Berger. William Cohen and Janet Reno were also in attendence for part of the session. Autographed by President Clinton.
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1998-04-10 (April 10, 1998)
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Annotation by Joshua Lederberg:
This was a meeting convened by President Clinton to review
the tangibility of threats of biological weapons attack on civil

White House

Roundtable on Genetic Engineering and Biological Weapons
                April 10, 1998

President Clinton will lead a roundtable discussion on Friday
morning on genetic engineering and biological weapons.  He will
be joined by a small group of outside experts and several Cabinet

The purpose of the roundtable is to discuss advances in technology
and their potential implications for controlling and responding
to the biological weapons threat.  The President has a longstanding
interest in these issues.  This roundtable discussion will provide
him with an opportunity to talk with some of the country's leading
experts about both the opportunities and the national security
challenges posed by infectious diseases and genetic engineering
and biotechnology.

In his State of the Union address, the President underscored the
importance of preventing the use of disease as a weapon of war or
terror by strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention with a
new international inspection system to detect and deter cheating.
This is one of the issues which will be addressed, along with domestic
and military efforts to respond to biological warfare threats.

Participants in the roundtable include

Administration Participants:
Secretary Cohen
Attorney General Reno
Secretary Shalala
Director Tenet
Sandy Berger
John Podesta
Deputy Secretary Hamre
Under Secretary Holum
General Ralston
Jim Steinberg
Don Kerrick
Kerri-Ann Jones

Outside Experts:
RADM Frank Young
Former Head of the Office of Emergency Preparedness, Public Health 
Former Commissioner, FDA

Craig Venter
Institute for Genomic Research

Joshua Lederberg
Nobel Laureate
President Emeritus, The Rockefeller University

Thomas Monath
Vice President, OraVax
Former Centers for Disease Control and US Army Medical Research
Institute for Infectious Diseases Official

Lucille Shapiro
Professor of Genetics and Chairman of the Department of
  Developmental Biology, Stanford University School of Medicine

Jerome Hauer
Mayor's Office of Emergency Management for the City of New YOrk

Barbara Rosenberg
Director of Chemical and Biological Projects, Federation of
  American Scientists
Research Professor of Environmental Science, State University of
  New York