Chapter 3- contd. . Microbes as Bioweapons. Microorganisms as Weapons-history. Europe, Middle ages – Black plague victims hurled over city walls to infect citizens. Russia, April 2, 1979 – Bioweapons plant accidentally releases anthrax killing 68 of 94 infected civilians. INTRODUCTION.
Microbes as Bioweapons
According to the CDC there are three categories:
The following table is a list of the most likely candidates for biowarfare and/or bioterrorism for human diseases:
Micrograph of Bacillus anthracis
How can Biotechnology help?
Provision of therapy available to infected personnel to help recovery after infection.
2) creating a market for new biomedical countermeasures
3) permission of unapproved countermeasures for emergency situations.
Project BioShield Act passed in 2003: