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biological agent

A euphemism for a pathogenic microorganism or virus, or other toxic biological material, which has the potential of being used as a weapon of mass destruction.

biological agent

Military medicine A euphemism for a pathogenic microorganism or virus, or other toxic biological material, intended for use as a weapon of mass destruction.
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A comprehensive review of all public sources identifies only three instances of terrorist use of biological agents anywhere in the world, although there are probably more that have never been publicly identified.
Tissue based biological sensors will detect genetically engineered biological agents, for which there are no antibodies or genetic sequences.
The draft report, An Introduction to Biological Agent Equipment for Emergency First Responders, is on SM Online.
The science and technology board determined that American detection capabilities are inadequate and that "the overall effort to detect and identify biological agents and toxins should be accelerated.
We expect to continue to expand our customer base as the demand for flexible, rapid biological agent detection technologies increases.
Hence, stockpiles of MAbs can easily be made obsolete by biological agents that exhibit antigenic differences.
Laboratory support for rapid analysis of chemical and biological agents is imperative.
17 /PRNewswire/ -- General Dynamics Canada today introduced the 4WARN Sentry, an advanced, portable, real-time biological agent detection system, at the 2003 Emergency Management Homeland Security Expo, 17- 19 November 2003, in Orlando, Fla.
They may be thought to be the result of covert biological attack by another nation, criminal or terrorist attack, covert attack by a nation on a subnational group within its borders, or escape of a biological agent from a facility developing prohibited weapons.
148), he says he supports the environmental release of both natural biological agents for pest control and genetically engineered organisms after they have passed an adequate set of ecological tests.
The subject of procurement is the development and use of innovative bioanalytical methods leading to a detailed characterization of biological agents and toxins.
He added that Syria could potentially launch biological agents with conventional weapons.

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