biological warfare

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A hypothetical military technique that could be used by either nations or non-governmental bodies—e.g., the use of pathogens—viruses, bacteria, other disease-causing biological agents, or the toxins produced by them as biological weapons

biological warfare

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Warfare in which disease-producing microorganisms, toxins, or organic biocides, e.g., Bacillus anththracis or Yersinia pestis are deliberately used to destroy, injure, or immobilize livestock, vegetation, or human life, as by causing diseases, e.g., anthrax or plague.
Synonym: biowar See: chemical warfare

biological warfare

The use of micro-organisms capable of spreading and causing epidemics of disease, for military purposes.

biological warfare

the use of living organisms, particularly microorganisms, or their products, to induce illness or death in a population.
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In an interview with CBS News, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, the chief operating officer of SecureBio, stated that for a terrorist group to use Ebola as a bioweapon, the group must first "obtain a live host infected with the virus," (14) then transport the host to a laboratory to extract the virus.
The article's underlying assumptions are twofold: (1) bioweapons are essentially "unjust" weapons by virtue of their inability to adhere to Just War concepts of proportionality, restraint, and respect for noncombatants; and (2) all weapons systems are subject to the vengeful excesses of their users.
dagger]) Smallpox would be far more dangerous as a bioweapon than anthrax because it is highly contagious.
As recent events indicate, a bioweapon attack can happen, and the United States should have the best public health system possible.
Officials say the effort is designed to head off what a recent CIA report calls the "darker bioweapons future.
Its potential use as a bioweapon necessitates that healthcare providers, as well as microbiologists in hospitals and commercial laboratories, be knowledgeable about the diagnosis, identification, and handling of Brucella spp.
At present, Aethlon has submitted a preliminary Investigational Device Exemption with The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to the use of the Hemopurifier(TM) in the United States as a broad-spectrum countermeasure against bioweapon threats and naturally evolving pathogens, including virulent influenza.
The resulting data has led to the submission of a preliminary Investigational Device Exemption with The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) related to the use of the Hemopurifier(TM) in the United States as a broad-spectrum countermeasure against class `A' bioweapon threats and pandemic influenza.
The New Scientist report validates our long held belief that bioweapon countermeasures must be able to cross the boundaries of multiple bioterror threats, regardless of genetic modification", stated Aethlon CEO, James A.
The grant funding will support further work in characterizing antigen formulations that induce protective immunity to the three most common botulinum toxin types that may be encountered naturally or in the form of a bioweapon.
The report from Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, The Known and Unknown: North Korea's Biological Weapons Program, surveys the country's bioweapons programme which is thought to have started in the 1960s.
NORTH Korea has a bioweapons scheme capable of killing tens of thousands of people, experts fear.