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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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2: Bioterrorism (BT): It is the threat or use of biological agents that like most forms of terrorism is intended to make political religious or personal statements to governments and populations through attacks primarily aimed at civilians or resources that affect the civilian economy.
Note: school ventilation systems will be turned off to prevent biological agents from spreading.
Approved biological agents include alefacept and efalizumab for psoriasis and etanercept for psoriatic arthritis.
The major risk posed in working with biological agents is the transmission of disease resulting in infection of other organisms.
SENSOR SUCCESSORS While there's already a wide range of instrumentation available for detecting chemical and biological agents, many researchers are heading off in new directions.
Topics that can be written about now that would increase both a reporter's knowledge and the public's awareness of policy actions that affect their lives include: an explanation of how the biological agents can be spread through water, food or the air; development of computer programs that analyze data from ambulance calls, hospital admissions and drug store purchases to determine if there has been a biological release; and development of machines to "sniff" the air for biological weapons.
Iraq denies any link between plans for unmanned aerial vehicles and dispersal of chemical or biological agents.
Public concern over biological agents has led to a stew of new customers for biological detection and monitoring systems.
It likely has the capability to produce sufficient quantities of biological agents for military purposes within weeks of deciding to do so, and has a variety of means at its disposal for delivering these deadly weapons.
The Millennium Chemical-Biological Mask--produced by the Pittsburgh-based Mine Safety Appliances Company--is an air-purifying respirator, which provides protection against biological agents, such as anthrax, botulinum toxin and ricin, and chemical agents, including nerve gas, mustard gas and Lewisite, explained Ken Bobetich, the firm's product manager for air-purifying respirators.
Although their attempts to spread biological agents were largely unsuccessful, they did kill seven in Matsumoto on June 27, 1994, and 12 in the Tokyo subway attack on March 20, 1995, with sarin.
People have been going to military surplus stores and buying gas masks because of that fear, but De Witt said biological agents like anthrax have inoculation periods, and "gas masks won't apply.

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