Antonio Regalado, 9 February, 2016. MIT Technology Review. https://www.technologyreview.com/s/600774/top-us-intelligence-official-calls-gene-editing-a-wmd-threat/
James Clapper, US Director of National Intelligence, compared CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to WMD’s in February of 2016. His worries stem from the ease at which rogue states could use CRISPR/Cas9 techniques to engineer biological weapons. To date researchers have not used CRISPR/Cas9 technology to engineer biological weapons, though it does hold the potential for such negative applications.