The concerns regarding black biology focus on what this technology could do for pathogens, especially those that have been, or could be used for biological weapons (BW), or in acts of bioterrorism. The agenda to insert genes into pathogens could range from enhancing shelflife of stored pathogens in ordinances; to resistance of pathogens to antibiotics or vaccines; to capacity to evade innate immune mechanisms (e.g. resistance to fever or macrophage endocytosis); or to enhance the mortality rate of infected hosts.
Roberge Lawrence; Black Biology-A Threat to Biosecurity and Biodefense
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