biological agent


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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.
Using bright light, standoff systems detect and identify biological agents at a distance away from the detection system, before the agents reach the system.
Thus, biological agents are potential weapons only against populations with a substantial proportion of susceptible persons.
Laboratory support for rapid analysis of chemical and biological agents is imperative.
Government agencies, including the FDA, CDC and USDA, using ORIGEN-based products as part of various Homeland Security initiatives for the detection of Category A and B biological agents.
The UNSCOM belief that three biological agents were filled into weapons is supported by Iraqi statements concerning the filling of munitions and their deployment ready for delivery.
Hamilton Sundstrand has invested heavily in bringing chemical and biological agent detection technology to fill the need for civil and commercial infrastructure protection that became so evident following the 9/11 terrorist acts," Linsenbigler said.
A biological agent is commonly portrayed as a genetically engineered organism resistant to all known vaccines and drugs, highly contagious, and able to harm thousands of people.
Working with our partners, we look forward to delivering breakthrough point of use tests for water and food analysis, chemical and biological agent detection and in-vitro diagnostics.
To plan effectively, we have to think through the different types of scenarios that may confront us, including the announced release of a biological agent, the silent release of a biological agent, or some kind of hybrid event, such as having a bomb go off, that is followed by the release of a biological or chemical agent.
Unlike attacks involving conventional or even chemical weapons, which could be readily detected and limited to a specific geographic area, an attack with a biological agent (and the resulting symptoms of exposed persons) could remain undetected for days, would be widely scattered, and depending on the etiologic agent, might not be identified immediately as a manmade event.

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