UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan has stated that a number of risks are being posed by the field of biotechnology. He stated that global safeguards were required to be created in order to deal with this problem. He further stated that it could be disastrous if the latest advancements of biotechnology such as work with viruses and gene manipulation ended up with the wrong people. Kofi Annan stated at the St Gallen University: As biological research expands, and technologies become increasingly accessible, this potential for accidental or intentional harm grows exponentially. Even novices working in small laboratories will be able to carry out gene manipulation. His views come after he had stated his concerns regarding biological terrorism in a global forum in May.