Biological warfare agentsâ in particular bacterial bio warfare agents may be more potent than conventional and chemical weapons. During the past century, the progress made in biotechnology and biochemistry has simplified the development and production of such weapons.
Until recent decades, the serendipity that aided researchers in choosing select organisms also limited BW applications to the characteristics of available agents. For example, environmental stability, infectious dose, time to effect, clinical progression, and lethality are all properties intrinsic to candidate traditional agents that may limit their utility for biological warfare. Technologies developed across multiple disciplines and as a result there is a potential to revolutionize biological warfare by facilitating an entirely new class of fully engineered agents referred to as Advanced Biological Warfare (ABW) agents
Arun Kumar; Biothreats - Bacterial Warfare Agents
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