The Poor Terrorist?s Bioweapon: Genetically Modified Algae | 9538
Journal of Marine Science: Research & Development
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Naturally occurring algae is one of the primary producers of oxygen into the atmosphere as well as one of the greatest
consumers of carbon dioxide within our atmosphere. Thousands of different forms of algae are found in nature; however,
little is known and understood about most. Algae are present in the environment ranging from extremely large seaweed plants to
microscopic phytoplankta. Algae are easily transported through running waters, wind, ocean currents, boat and ship hulls, and
animals. Algae transport in the atmosphere is common and widespread.
Naturally occurring algae have a wide variety of known effects in our environment including:
Food source for a variety of organisms and animals (primary food base for most marine food chains).
Important source of human food and nutriceuticals.
Removing CO2, a critical greenhouse gas, from our atmosphere.
Largest single producer of oxygen into our environment.
Synergistic relationships with other animals and organisms such as lichens and sea sponges.
Outcompete other organisms for available resources, thus limiting growth.
Poison and/or asphyxiate other animals and organisms.
The total number of algae species found in our environment is unknown, with estimates ranging from 5000 to 20,000
different forms. Each form has a distinct purpose and effect on our environment. The vast majority of different forms of algae
are not well understood. Although not well understood, it has been a strong premise of many different organizations that
naturally occurring algae do not have the desired/necessary attributes for large-scale production of biofuels. The race toward
the production of genetically modified algae has become a sloppy scramble which has resulted in the propagation of genetically
modified (GM) algae into countries without any meaningful controls. This sets up easy access to potential enabling technology
for simple weaponization with no traceability for the next generation of terrorists. This author will present the baseline scenarios
of how GM algae are evolving into a world-wide threat.
Haberman founded and led as Chairman DCH Technology, Inc., which became a publicly traded company - one of the first in hydrogen energy. Under
his leadership DCH commercialized a portfolio of Department of Energy (DoE) patents. He advanced the readiness of hydrogen energy to meet real
world applications by developing modular air breathing pem fuelcells, integrating hydrogen sensors into application specific integrated circuits and
implemented a new generation of hydrogen safety into nuclear power facilities.
Haberman is an electrical engineer with a patent in optics and patents pending in the areas of biofuel and carbon recycling He is a regular speaker
on implementation pathways of sustainability in energy.
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