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Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity

1st Edition

By British Medical Association

CRC Press

152 pages

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Hardback: 9789057024597
pub: 1999-01-18
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Biotechnology, Weapons and Humanity traces the historical development of biological weapons and considers the role of health care professionals, scientists, governments, and international agencies in limiting and managing the effects of new biological weapons. In particular, the strengths and weaknesses of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention are examined, and steps that can be taken to minimize the risk of the proliferation of weapons.

This report considers whether new biological weapons, made possible by the mapping of the human genome, could be incorporated into the arsenals of states and terrorist organizations. How might the revolution in biotechnology be used to attack the genetic constitution of a national or ethnic group, or enhance the virulence of organizations hostile to human health?

Table of Contents

List of tables

List of figures


Executive summary

Chapter I: Introduction

Chapter II: The history of biological warfare

Chapter III: The impact of biotechnology

Chapter IV: Genetic Weapons

Chapter V: Preventing the prolification of biological weapons

Chapter VI: Summary: The web of detterence

Chapter VII: Recommendations

Appendix 1: Biological Weapons

Appendix 2: International arms control

Appendix 3: Pathogens and toxins




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism