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Understanding Biotechnology by David E. Bowen, Fabrício R. Santos, Aluízio Borém

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Chapter 13. Bioterrorism

Bioterrorism
  • Human Pathogens of Potential Use in Bioterrorism

  • Toxins

  • Biodefenses

  • Agroterrorism

  • Recommendations

  • Final Considerations

Bioterrorism is the term used to descibe the offensive employment of biological substances or toxins with the objective of causing harm to an individual or a group of individuals. These activities, in general, cause damage, intimidation, or coercion, and are usually associated with threats causing public panic. The most common biological agents used as weapons are microorganisms and their associated toxins, which can be used to promote disease or death in people, animals, and even plants. The agents of contamination ...

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