Biology is becoming increasingly digitized. We rely on computers to operate laboratory equipment, design genetic constructs, and store, share, and analyze genetic data. Cyberbiosecurity is a new field of science that explores novel risks at the interface of biology and computer science.
The Peccoud lab is investigating cyberbiosecurity in a variety ways. These include:
- Applying techniques in cybersecurity to DNA
- Exploring how DNA sequencing can be used to verify that digital reference sequences match the physical samples they’re supposed to describe.
- Examining the potential for digital sequences freely available in public databases to be transformed into physical entities with implications in human health or biosafety.