I want to do a project for my military service in bioinformatics area. I have to determine the subject myself. I have been search a lot but I could not find any military application of bioinformatics.
Would you please help me to find some source?
Just to ask you directly, are you sure this is the right thing to do and have you considered the ethical consequences of your results?
All the best Michael
I just saw the conversation on my topic right now, Actually these ways of thinking that some you have are very uncomfortable and make me really sad. I don't wanna to do some work against the humanity however If I wanted, I didn't look up for that here, biostars is a forum for scientists that want to help each other. You think that anyone that living in Iran is a terrorist. I am really sorry for you.
I don't think anyone believes that all Iranians are terrorists. Rather, many of us have concerns about military-related research, since it's often a small step to convert defensive capacities to offensive capacities (e.g., if you know how pathogen detection works, then you can modify pathogens to avoid detection). While Iran has its own set of issues, the broader concerns apply to interacting with all militaries.
I can assure you my answer would have been equally worded whatever your country of residence, (be it USA,Germany,Russia, or Norway) and certainly I do not believe that anyone from Iran is specifically prone to be a terrorist. In fact, you have touched on a heated discussion point for the site, that is of relevance beyond your particular personal case.
As you were asking for military applications specifically, there are possible applications of "sword" and "shield" or offense and defense, however to draw the line is not always that clear, and in addition every side will claim that their measures are purely of defensive nature. This is irrespective of your intentions, which I do not know and will not judge, but believe are all good and well in nature.
For the offense part of military applications in question, as in use of a weapon, there is no room for interpretation, these should not exist, and that is half of the answer to the original question posed by you.
For the defensive portion, there is more room for interpretation, but even there it is possible to achieve something bad while having all the best intentions.
Dear Mansoor, I was the one raising this point. For a moment I didn't think your goal is to develop bioterrorist, I know you are a scientist and your goals are for humanity. However, when you are developing tools for the army, and in this case an army involved in inhumane activities you don't always know what will be the application of your work.
I didn't know that this question might cause this much concern. I was just looking for a bioinformatics topic that can be accepted in a military organization not necessarily for offensive or defensive purpose, I had no idea for the topic so I posed that here to find some hint.
Your original title "military application of bioinformatics" for this post was not an appropriate choice. If you had just asked "looking for a bioinformatics project to do during military rotation".
but even though, still will be in military orientation I think !!
I can't change the whole purpose