So you want to work on biosecurity
an incomplete reading list, seeking suggestions
Since announcing my recent career change (Twitter thread), I've had a few people ask me for resources for learning more about (careers in) pandemic preparedness and biosecurity. Here are some resources that I've found helpful in my reading and exploration, in the hopes that they'll be helpful for you, too.
(living list, updated as I find more things)
- 80,000 Hours's article on Reducing global catastrophic biological risks (and more 80k content)
- The Precipice, by Toby Ord
- Chris Bakerlee's biosecurity reading list
- Greg Lewis's biosecurity reading list
- Open Philanthropy's 2014 cause report on biosecurity
- Andrew Synder-Beattie and Ethan Alley's Concrete Biosecurity Projects list
- relevant sections of the FTX Future Fund's project ideas list
- proposals for early warning systems from the Council on Strategic Risks, David Ecker, and the Nucleic Acid Observatory
- Erik Minikel's How pharmaceutical industry financial modelers think about your rare disease
- Kevin Esvelt's "Inoculating science against potential pandemics and information hazards", in PLoS Pathogens
- Andrew Snyder-Beattie's talk Biotechnology and Existential Risk at EA Global London 2017
- Deadliest Enemy, by Michael Osterholm and Mark Olshaker
- Biosecurity Dilemmas, by Christian Enemark
- The Dead Hand, by David Hoffman
I'd love it if you sent other things my way! Comment section is open, and my email is too.
I'm not in a position to evaluate requests for funding. If you'd like to get funding or investment for your project or startup, consider applying to the FTX Future Fund.
If you have other questions, or otherwise would like to chat, I'm generally happy to!