Rapid detection and identification of pathogens is crucial to combat biothreat agents. Here, we take a look at some of the emerging technologies and how they could be used to diagnose disease for civilian biodefense.
Biothreats are in the limelight of the current military, scientific and medical debate. Although it is arguable whether they are a major impending risk, their political and societal relevance is out of discussion. They are one of the collective fears which characterize our epoch.
A biothreat agent is defined as a biological weapon employed to deliberately cause disease, but how real are such threats, and what should our approach be towards them?
Infectious diseases remain a major cause of mortality across the globe, so if pathogens could therefore be harnessed as a weapon, the implications would certainly be severe and far-reaching. Find out more about biothreats and bioterrorism in our explainer.
Microbial domain biological resource centers that provide researchers with access to living cultures of microorganisms have adopted a code of conduct and best practice to prevent the misappropriation and misuse of microorganisms.