David Huesmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a doctoral candidate at the department of chemistry in Mainz, a member of the Max Planck Graduate Center, and an editor for JUnQ. He obtained his diploma in chemistry at Johannes Gutenberg- University in 2011. His research focuses on the synthesis of polypeptidic nanoparticles for drug delivery.
Science has always been about breaking boundaries, but can scientists go too far? Are there boundaries that scientist should not overstep? And if so who defines these boundaries? A critical area is so called dual use research that is aimed at civilian and peaceful applications, but has also potential uses in war and terrorism. The most promi- nent example is possibly nuclear technology, which can be used to construct nuclear power plants on the one hand and weapons of mass destruction on the other. But also everyday technologies like the global positioning system (GPS) are problematic. Here they help me to navigate my car through an unknown city, but in crisis regions the same technology is used to effectively guide missiles that kill people. Research on dual use topics is often controversial and in the end it boils down to the questions: Is the (potential) benefit greater than the risk? And where does the freedom of researchers end?